Ironically, water seems to be the Payson Water Department’s worst enemy. Water in all forms has kept the department busy for the last month with a water pipe burst in December weakening Main Street and now rainfall holding up repairs.
On Dec. 11, a 12-inch water pipe on Main Street burst, closing part of the road and shutting off water to a handful of businesses, including the fire department, which was without water for nearly eight hours as crews worked to stop the runoff, said Public Works Director LaRon Garrett.
Around 100 feet of pavement was weakened from the surge of water that created a massive hole on the south side of Main Street. Granite was used to fill the hole temporarily.
On Monday, road crews were slated to fix the road so they could repave it on Thursday, but the wet weather put a damper on plans.
“We are going to have to mill around 200 feet of street,” Garrett said. “A lot of dirt was washed out, so we have got to compact the dirt for structure.”
It should only take crews two to three days to complete repairs, but cost around $40,000, with $27,000 for asphalt.
From Monday through Wednesday, crews will be repairing the damaged roadway in the 400 block of West Main Street. During the day, there will be road closures. Motorists can use Meadow Street and Frontier Street on the north and Westerly Road and Aero Drive on the south as detours. All businesses will be accessible during the road closures.
If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Payson at (928) 474-5242, ext. 318.