"Lilly Drive was recently repaved. The good news is there hasn't been any road failure. There was a water line leak. It caused some erosion of the embankment."
City engineers plan to shore up both roads with new retaining walls made from vertical steel beams and horizontal panels of reinforced concrete. It's a common system and can be built within the city right-of-way, he said.
Thaxton Construction of Sissonville, the low bidder, is in line for the $198,999 repair contract this evening. "He's just waiting to proceed," Fish said. "He's already ordered material."
Thaxton has the option of choosing which project to start first, he said, but the Lilly Drive project could be delayed until a utility pole is moved from the site.
Lilly Drive should stay open throughout construction, but the contractors plan to keep Overbrook closed because the road -- barely one lane wide -- is too narrow to provide room for vehicles to get past the drilling rig. In the interim, residents can access the road from the upper end, off Oakwood Road.
Thaxton has until May 31 to finish the project, Fish said. "I would anticipate it wouldn't take that long."
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