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"Arch Pipe" project about one-fifth complete
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 30, 2013 | 231 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Work is about one-fifth complete on a major drainage project in South Corinth.

Commonly referred to as the “arch pipe” project, the work has brought giant pipes to the area in front of the South Corinth school campus and beside the J.B. Combs Apartments on Cass Street.

Mayor Tommy Irwin said the project is 21 percent complete with 20 percent of the project time elapsed, and it is slated for completion by Jan. 18.

The grant-funded project will fix the large drainage structure which had been in declining condition and suffered substantial damage in the flooding of May 2010.

“It’s like all of the other work that this board and mayor have done on flooding issues,” said Irwin. “We see that as another means to take water out of South Corinth. If you remember the May 2010 flooding where we had boats evacuating people from Combs Court, that was a sad sight. This will go a long way toward getting water out of homes and businesses.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted $931,000 toward the $1.034 million project.

The pipe is the main drainage structure for Town Creek. The pipe begins near Ross Street, extends along a couple of blocks of Crater Street and then beside the J.B. Combs Apartments, ending at Cass Street. It crosses streets such as Allen, Meigg, Scott, White and Mitchell.

The water then flows through the area between Southgate Shopping Center and McDonalds on its way to Elam Creek.

The project is a combination of repair and replacement of the structure.

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