A repair team works Thursday, August 15, to repair a sewer pipe failure on St. Rt. 109 in front of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. (Putnam-Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
A repair team works Thursday, August 15, to repair a sewer pipe failure on St. Rt. 109 in front of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. (Putnam-Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
OTTAWA - The word at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Village of Ottawa Council was the St. Rt. 109 closure was to be clear by Wednesday, Aug. 14. Yet on Wednesday and Thursday the road was still closed to through-traffic as repair workers acted to replace a sewer line to the base of a traffic pole.

Crews discovered that it would be necessary to dig deeper than the base of that pole. In order to finish the repair, an electrician must be brought in to secure and hold the pole to avoid damage to the structure and to keep it from falling over. The village has worked diligently to fix the sewer and halt congestion at this busy location.

Both lanes were closed Friday, Aug. 16 until evening while the asphalt base coat and top coat were laid on the road. There will be lane restriction while the repair continues.

"What we've done is we extended the sewer across 109," explains Jason Phillips, assistant municipal director for the village. "However, we still found some broken pipe. What we need to do is secure the traffic pole to dig a little bit further. We've got everything so it's flowing. It's functional so we'll no longer have to completely shut 109 down.

"We've been working with ODOT on traffic flow. On Wednesday, during the highest congested traffic, we had a local detour set up with the local fireman to direct traffic to make sure traffic down Meadow Glen flowed very freely and we weren't impeding anyone's business. From here on we'll have flagging or one-lane restriction during the next phase of the project."

According to Phillips, the overall cause was a failure in the actual concrete pipe itself. The road will be open before the first day of school for Ottawa-Glandorf High School.

"We've been in touch with the school and we will make sure we will not impede the first day of school," explained Phillips. "We even fixed the school's driveway to make sure that we don't have a speed bump for buses."