City weighs Fry Road drain repair

An underground drain is collapsing near Greenwood Park Mall, and the city is considering whether to start a larger project instead of just doing the single repair.

The city will have to repair the drain at Fry Road and U.S. 31 before it collapses further, stormwater superintendent Chris Jones said. But Greenwood has been planning a larger project to install a new storm drain along Fry Road to a nearby creek. Since the city already will have to do work in the area, officials are now talking about trying to do the larger project this year.

Currently the area has a steep ditch that drains into two 24-inch metal pipes. The proposed project would replace the two pipes with one 36-inch pipe and then create a gentler slope in the ditch, which would eliminate a safety hazard if nearby traffic goes off the road, according to the city’s stormwater plan. The project was estimated to cost $890,000.

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