Construction firms putting in a new sewer line along Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank have encountered a number of problems resulting in a $90,000 cost overrun on the half million dollar project.
Paul Cate of CTI Engineers told members of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) board that the project to alleviate a sewage overflow near the Southern Restaurant turned out to be "extremely complicated."
He said it was found that a gas line was run over a portion of the sewage line.
And an AT&T crew ran a fiberoptic line above the sewage line as well. He said, "Why they put it on top of a sewage line, I don't know. That should never have been done."
Mr. Cate said the fiberoptic crew also botched several manholes, including putting one in sideways.
And he said it was buried far deeper than necessary - five and a half feet deep.
He said a repair crew has been hired to relay the fiberoptic line properly.
Mr. Cate said, despite all the obstacles, the end of the project is in sight.
Monty Millard, the Red Bank mayor who is a member of the board, asked if Red Bank public works should have better been monitoring what goes above sewer lines. Mr. Cate said there should have been better controls.
The work was paid for by a state grant.