Bainbridge Public Works employees had to dig up part of West Shotwell Street on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 10 in order to fix some leaking pipes.
Employees from multiple departments within the Public Works Division worked together to get the job done. A backhoe was used to dig a hole approximately 4-5 feet deep in the eastbound lanes of Shotwell Street, in front of the Dairy Queen restaurant. Employees from the city’s gas, water and street departments were involved in the repair process, because there were multiple utilities lying beneath the street.
A service line was leaking water, and a larger six-inch-diameter water pipe had a section that was loose, said Jasper Brown, who is in charge of damage prevention and utility line location for Bainbridge Public Works. City employee Eric Malone was down in the muddy hole using water to clean off a joint in the pipe that had rust on it.
Parts of both of Shotwell Street’s eastbound lanes were closed Wednesday afternoon to accommodate the repair crew. Motorists were asked to use caution maneuvering through a makeshift eastbound lane marked with orange cones.