Martins Ferry Is “Catching Up On Catch Basins”


Last year, most of Zane Highway was paved, but they didn’t repair all the drains that carry storm water from sudden rains away from street surfaces.

Now Public Service Director Chris Cleary says they have many that need work, but they’re doing them on a priority basis.

And he says several on Zane Highway are at the top of the list.

“They’re old–brick and mortar in some cases–and where the storm water is coming through, it kicks out some of that mortar,” said Cleary. “And so the bricks fail. Zane Highway is the main artery through town. Sidewalks in that area are traveled by youngsters going to the baseball field, to the park, and families headed that way. So it’s critical that we get those done as quickly as possible.”

He says four catch basins are in immediate need of being rebuilt, while dozens of others will be tackled next.

Cleary notes that they are all being done during regular daytime hours, so no overtime is involved.

He says money and manpower are huge issues.

He says the city’s sewer department consists of only two people.

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