Mabry repairs to begin

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Selma Mayor George Evans said he has spoken with engineers of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and work will soon begin on the Mabry Street hole. -- Tim Reeves

If the weather cooperates, the Mabry Street project could finally be resolved within the next month.

At Tuesday’s Selma City Council meeting, Mayor George Evans said he has discussed the project with representatives of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, and they feel a solution is not far away.

“Those gentlemen are supposed to be out there (Wednesday) to complete Mabry Street,” he said. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls about it, and I’ve been on them about it, so hopefully we will be able to get it done.”

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Evans said he hopes to have the project completed by the next council meeting.

For months the city of Selma has been looking for answers to problems surrounding a large sinkhole on Mabry Street.

The engineers said some preliminary sewer work was necessary to make sure there were no more leaks, which initially caused the problems that led to the sinkhole.

The weather will play a large role in how quickly the project can be completed.

The city first met with engineers in February when Public Works director Tommy Smith said they discovered the problem was linked to a storm drain.

The city has met with representatives of Wiregrass Construction and engineers since then to establish a plan.

During the initial meetings, Smith said the problem started off small. However, he said the continued drainage problems caused the issue to grow out of control, and finally the pavement gave way.

Until the work is completed, the street will remain blocked off by orange cones and tape. Alternative routes are encouraged.