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City weighs Fry Road drain repair

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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.

A new sidewalk along the roadway also could be a possibility, although the city hasn’t made that decision yet, Jones said.

The city will need to hire a design firm to draft construction plans and hire a contractor, Jones said. If Greenwood starts now, the project could get done this year, he said.

“I’m hoping that we can get this under design and maybe under construction late summer or early fall. Funds depending, it might end up being a next-year project,” he said.

Since the project hasn’t been designed, Jones wasn’t sure whether traffic in the area would be affected.

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