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Waterline collapse closes downtown West Main-Fifth intersection

Workers work at the site of a collapsed water main at the intersection of West and Fifth Avenues in downtown Newark on Thursday.

NEWARK — The Newark Board of Control met Thursday in an emergency meeting to approve a $60,000 spend to repair a collapsed water main at the intersection of West and Fifth Streets downtown.

The Control Board must approve such expenditures in excess of $30,000. The approval allows the city to avoid the normal competitive bidding process and allows Layton Excavating to make all emergency repairs immediately.

“If I had to bid, we would leave a hole in the street for six weeks,” said utility director Roger Loomis.

Loomis said the work would be completed soon and the road could reopen as early as Friday.

A week ago, a line that once supplied water to the Erie Canal collapsed when a Streets Department vehicle followed a car that hit the curb. Employees recognized the potential for a collapse, and the city hired Layton Excavating to begin work on a 5-foot sinkhole.

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