By Rod Rose The Lebanon Reporter
---- — Replacement of storm sewers, some of them a century or more old, will begin on Lebanon’s North Meridian Street next spring.
For more of the story, see Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.
“We’re trying to schedule the project so it does not affect the parade route in July,” Bob Waples, water/wastewater manager for Lebanon Utilities, said. The street is the major southern leg of Lebanon’s annual Fourth of July parade.
Waples told the Boone County Drainage Board recently that two storm sewers flow into Prairie Creek from the south, and one comes from the north. All are to be replaced.
North Meridian Street crosses Prairie Creek between Tripps Avenue and Fordice Street.
Several years ago, a storm line under the middle of North Meridian Street collapsed, creating a trench that required emergency repair of not only the drain, but the street surface.
Other collapses have occurred, Waples said.
North Meridian Street will be rebuilt, including curbs and gutters, and a water main will be replaced, as part of the project, Waples said.
“We’re going to schedule the work so the north section is done first,” he said. The southern, larger, portion will be done after July 4, he said.
No cost estimate was immediately available.
No changes will be made in the flood plain that covers much of the neighborhood north and northeast of Prairie Creek, Waples said. A mid-April rain caused extensive flooding along the stream that runs generally east to west through the city.
“We’re just fixing the evacuation system,” Waples said.
Although Lebanon Utilities will do the work, the county drainage board had to grant permission because state law gives it jurisdiction over any drain or pipe that flows into a waterway.
“I think they’re good projects,” County Surveyor Ken Hedge said, “but every time we add to Prairie Creek, we have to be careful.
He was, however, “OK with what they’re showing,” Hedge said. “The water that’s falling there has always fallen there; it’s just getting it to the creek.”
The drainage board approved the project in a voice vote.