Diecks Drive could be open to traffic by the end of this month, according to city engineer Michael Page.

Page said all the major storm and sanitary sewer infrastructure has been installed. He said contractors currently are restoring property entrances and sidewalks and preparing Diecks Drive for pavement.

“This project is very close to being complete,” he said. “It’s not out of reach to say that Diecks Drive could be open to traf­fic by the end of this month, and that’s the goal.”

Page said surrounding businesses have been very patient and understanding throughout construction, which roughly began seven months ago.

When part of Diecks Drive collapsed twice in three months be­cause of a drainage pipe failure, the city deci­ded to spend more than $500,000 to replace the aging storm and sanitary sew­er infrastructure in the area.

Page said the construction process for the project was difficult considering the size of the infrastructure put in place, the depth of excavation and the multiple utilities to work around all while providing constant access for the property owners within the construction zone.

“Although this project has created an inconvenience to the public, it was necessary to prevent future failures,” he said. “I’ll be glad, as well as many others, when the project is complete and it will feel good knowing another portion of the city’s infrastructure has been renewed.”

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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