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City making progress on roads

The city of Bonne Terre has been working on repairing and repaving several streets recently, which has left some residents upset due to work coming to a halt in some areas.

Bonne Terre City Administrator Jim Eaton said part of the issue is there was a gas line discovered in one of the sewer manholes on Shepard Street that needs to be removed.

“When they went in to raise the manhole they saw something in there that didn’t look right,” said Eaton. “They found it and called the gas company. It’s obviously something that shouldn’t have been there in the first place.”

Laclede Gas spokesperson Jenny Gobble said they were made aware of the gas main that is going through the sewer.

“We are aware of the work that we need to do,” said Gobble. “We were processing it through our end and should be done relatively quick. They will have to dig up part of the road. We will (relocate) that main outside of the sewer line.”

“We want to remove it before we finish resurfacing the road, because Laclede Gas will have to tear up the road and we don’t want to do the work twice,” said Eaton. “That is part of the hold up, we also have another road, Twin Street, which needs to be resurfaced.”

Laclede Gas approved the work order and began the removal of the gas line Thursday morning. Gobble said they expected the work to be done in a couple days.

Eaton said they have raised the manholes in preparation for the paving company to come in and do their work.

“We have to raise them first before they can pave the street,” said Eaton. “It’s raised and waiting for Lead Belt Materials, who will be out in coming weeks to finish the roads.”

Eaton added the road in between Save-A-Lot and Homestead will also have to have significant work done.

“There is some planned improvement for that street,” said Eaton. “The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is supposed to pay for the repairs there and they are also supposed to chip and seal Blackberry Lane.”

In late March the city started repaving South Division Street and has since repaved several sections of roadways throughout the city. Eaton said all the rest of the roads projects have gone really well.

As of Thursday afternoon Laclede Gas was in Bonne Terre removing a gas line from inside a sewer manhole on Shepard Street.

As of Thursday afternoon Laclede Gas was in Bonne Terre removing a gas line from inside a sewer manhole on Shepard Street.

The city has lifted manholes by two inches prior to resurfacing.

The city has lifted manholes by two inches prior to resurfacing.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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