An unexpected sewer problem has led to the city of Elkins having to temporarily close Davis Avenue twice in recent weeks.
In November the city had to replace a sewer tap in front of Beanders's along Davis Avenue. In 2010, the city completed a project that replaced all the water lines upgraded under the street and the city hoped it would not have to dig into the street for several years, but the recent tap replacement is the second issue that has risen since the project.
"I never said that we wouldn't have to get back into the street," Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said. "I said I hoped we shouldn't have to get back into the street."
Pingley said the city is not sure what happened to the sewer tap at Beander's, but the city installed a new one.
"There was a problem inside the building," he said. "The wastewater was not draining properly. We didn't have many options other than digging it up."
In June, the city had to hook-up a sewer tap at Liberty Tax Service that was missed during the project in 2010. That repair cost the city around $12,000 to correct.
"The budget constraints during the project meant we didn't replace sewer taps," he said.
Pingley said he hopes the city does not have to dig up the street again, but noted that it is hard to predict.
"With the water, everything is new, but even with new lines there is no guarantee," Pingley said. "We have not had water leaks in the sections since the project."
Pingley said the cost of the recent repair is still being determined because it required the city employees to work overtime.
"We were facing a deadline because of the Christmas Parade," he said. "The cost depends on the man hours. If we do it in regular hours it doesn't cost much. If you have overtime it goes up."