North Eighth Street wall nearing completion

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON WORKERS with Ohio-West Virginia Excavating lay down another course of asphalt on North Eighth Street, where they have installed a 200-foot-long piling wall to stop a slip that occurred there two years ago.

MARTINS FERRY — Work on a 200-foot-long piling wall project is moving along in Martins Ferry and could be complete in about another week, an inspector said Wednesday.

The $600,000 piling wall has been installed on North Eighth Street, where a massive slip occurred about two years ago. A new 6-inch waterline that broke during the slip also has been installed by the contractor on the job, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating.

“It’s going very good,” Steven Smith, an inspector with the ADR engineering firm that designed the wall, said Wednesday.

Smith said after the repaving of the road is finished, guardrail will be attached to the tops of the metal pilings. New handrails also will be attached to two new sets of steps that lead to homes below.

“In a week, more than likely, it will be done,” Smith said. “The contractor doing the job is top-notch. They are very professional.”

Smith noted city workers also were helpful during the waterline installation process.

Ohio-West Virginia Excavating in late April began drilling and installing the 36-foot-long metal pilings along the edge of the road to stop the slip that caused a waterline break and damage to some nearby homes. The work included the installation of 50 total metal beams, along with a concrete wall below the beams and concrete step sets.

Funding for the project included a $300,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant; a $300,000 federal Community Development Block Grant; and a $100,000 state infrastructure loan at 3 percent interest over 10 years.

The base bid on the project was about $550,000, and there was a 10 percent contingency added. That made the project estimate about $600,000.