On Friday, Common Council of the City of Brazil member (Ward 4) Bill Lovett spoke with The Brazil Times about current work going on in the South Vandalia Street area.
"Down in the little dip just south of Mechanic Street, we have been working to clear out brush and cut out a few trees to extend and expand the ditch to improve the drainage," Lovett, who also works for the city's Storm and Wastewater Department, said. "Just about anytime it rains water covers the road and eats away at it."
He added tree stumps still need to be removed, but crews are waiting for a survey of the area for utility and water lines to ensure nothing is damaged while work is being done.
"The additional ditching, which is on the west side of Vandalia Street, will be done by Knust Excavating," Lovett said.
Once the ditching and checking of water lines in the area is complete, plans are to pave the road, which will be bid out as one package, along with the Davis Street/Lenox Street area near East Side Elementary.
"Part of the reason that area of Vandalia is so rough is that we've been in there so many times to patch and re-patch because of the water that sits on the road," Lovett said. "We want to make sure the water lines are in good shape or replaced before the roads are blacktopped so we don't have to go right back in and tear up what was just put down."
City Attorney Traci Lawson recently told The Brazil Times publishing for the solicitation of road paving bids is on hold until the water line work is complete in order to lock in the most up-to-date costs as bids are typically only good for a specific amount of time.
Lovett said crews have measured the portion of Vandalia Street from just south of the gravel access road to Morris Manufacturing to Magnolia Drive.
"This has been in the works for a long time," Lovett said. "I'm just glad we finally got all our ducks in a row to do it."