YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A project to resurface a street on Youngstown’s west side had to be placed on hold recently after an aging water line beneath the roadway collapsed.
WKBN’s news crew found the area north of Burbank badly buckled and crumbling Tuesday, after work had started to repave the street.
Charles Shasho, the head of the city’s Department of Public Works, said that a section of Hazelwood near Connecticut was to be milled and repaved, but workers discovered the water line below had failed before the project was completed.
Shasho also said that enough water made its way down the hill to further weaken the ground underneath the road, allowing some areas to sink.
Megan Holmes, who lives near the street, said she has noticed lower water pressure since construction started.
The city hired an outside company to take ground-penetrating radar images of the damaged line. Shasho hopes that repairs to the road’s sub-base will start next week and that the road can be re-paved once those repairs are done.
Shasho said that the Youngstown Water Department will cover the added expense of fixing the damage caused by its line but admits the problem may eventually pop up elsewhere too.
“The water lines and sewer lines in the city are very, very old,” Shasho said. “And it’s possible there could be leaks not only here, but elsewhere.”