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Needed Repairs

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Pogues Run tunnel has had work done on it recently in an effort to maintain it. The latest projects are clearing the brush from the tunnel and replacing the older sections of the tunnel with newer ones. [Order this photo]
* Some sections of Pogues Run replaced

Pogues Run tunnel, part of the city's storm sewer system, has had work being done on it recently in an effort to maintain the tunnel.

According to City Planning Administrator Stacey Gibbens, FEMA has approved $236,459 of Disaster Recovery money for the work done on the tunnel up to this point.

Pogues Run is a storm sewer tunnel that begins east of Vandalia Street and runs along Short Street before it empties out north of White Rock Road, near Birch Creek.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said some of the work has to do with replacing sections of the old tunnel and clearing brush.

"Mike Knust (Knust Excavating, Brazil) is down there ... replacing some sections of the tunnel and also clearing trees off of the top of the tunnel because we are having problems with roots growing down into it," Wyndham said. "That's why you see that clearing there."

Wyndham said the majority of the work being done at this juncture is near the beginning of the tunnel.

"This (work) is more at the mouth of the tunnel -- at the beginning of the tunnel," Wyndham said. "What's happened is a lot of those old concrete sections have (gone) bad and even caved in. A lot of the brush and trees (near the tunnel) ... (the) root system gets down in the joints of that tunnel and causes a lot of problems. It's more of a maintaining (project)."

According to Gibbens, the work, which started July 19, has yet to be completed because the contractor is waiting on information from FEMA, but for the immediate future there will be no road closings near the tunnel.

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