Village Mill Drive closed after part of road collapses

September 14, 2011
  • Village Mill Drive in Maugansville was closed because a portion of the road collapsed after a joint connecting storm drainage pipes broke.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

MAUGANSVILLE — Village Mill Drive in Maugansville is closed approximately 100 feet north of Maugansville Road, directly opposite from Edith Avenue.

Part of the road collapsed earlier this week after a joint connecting drainage pipes broke, said Rob Slocum, deputy director of public works for Washington County.

The break caused materials supporting the roadway to flow down the pipe, making the road unstable, Slocum said.

"From the surface it looks like a sinkhole," he said. "Some of the sediment underneath the road was washed away."

Slocum added that the break was caused by corrosion in a portion of the pipes.

"The pipes were installed about 15 years ago," he said.

Workers for Washington County are currently out trying to put a temporary replacement joint and a temporary short pipe in place, Slocum said.

"Right now we're putting in immediate repairs to discontinue erosion of the roadway," he said. "We're hopeful that the road will reopen after we finish the immediate repairs."

Before the road can reopen, however, Slocum added that minimal paving has to be done to it.

After the immediate repairs, Slocum said county officials will put together a set of plans and start the bidding for a contractor to do permanent fixes on some of the pipes in the area.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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