Work Crews Making Progress On Griffin Park Sewer Repairs

(KCCR) — City of Pierre work crews are making progress on repairs to a sewer pipe that started as a sink hole and is now anything but. Pierre City Utilities Director Brad Palmer says they’ve made good progress downstream of the original site…

“I think after tonight we’ll officially stop calling this a sinkhole, because what started as a small sinkhole has just turned into a big hole, so we’ll just call it the sewer repair project in Griffith Park but.  Our work continues, we have gotten some pipe into the downstream end of the sewer, which is a good thing.  We found good pipe that we could connect to and we are now working on the upstream end.  We had a de-watering company come in this week out of Omaha and they have installed de-watering and that is really helped us get some work done that we weren’t able to get because of the high ground water.”
Upstream of the original issue is being more of a challenge…

“We got some pipe into the upstream side and we were able to run our camera up there..but we could see there’s still some damaged pipe up there that we’re going to have to go a little bit further and repair so.  Hopefully we can get to a point where this is buttoned up and get us through until we can do a bigger repair either late this winter or early next spring.”
Palmer says work crews are putting in long days to correct the issue…

“They start at 6 in the morning and they go until…until we get to a stopping point so all-in-all they’re just doing a good job.  With the damaged pipe we’re going to bring in another trench box tomorrow and go an additional 20 feet. We’ll get that pipe in place and then we’ll run the camera again and see what the pipe looks like and keep going.”  “So this whole part of this thing could end up; we could end up with 30 to 40 feet of pipe?”  “By the time we’re done, yep we’ll just keep going until we have good pipe that we feel will get us through until we can do a better fix later.”
Voluntary water restrictions remain in place for the City of Pierre until a permanent repair can be made.