Sewer failure may keep road closed for a week

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – The failure of a sewer line just south of Highway 6 may keep detours in place for another week.
Just as city crews and residents were dealing with flood damage from as much as six inches of rain on Sunday night and Monday morning, a hole opened near Bickerstaff Drive.
City Engineer Bart Robinson said the hole, which apparently resulted from the force of the sewage spewing from the broken pipe, was about 10 feet deep and 20 feet long. Unfortunately, that hole had a neighbor.
“By 10 o’clock (Monday) we almost lost a vacuum truck in a hole that we didn’t know was there,” Robinson said. “It almost fell through the road.” He said the 30-inch concrete pipe had been installed in 1974 and was due for replacement in 2014. While a 280-foot section is being replaced, sewer service is being maintained via bypass lines and pumps.
“This line services almost all of Oxford north of Highway 6,” he said.
Bickerstaff will remain closed near Cambridge Station Apartments throughout the repair.
“We’re probably at least a week away from getting it back even in gravel,” Robinson said.
Mayor Pat Patterson said the breakdown is “a top priority.”
errol.castens@journalinc.com