Wilroy Road could reopen soon

Published 10:13 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Repairs to a sewer pipe near Wilroy Road are complete, and the road could be reopened by next week after it is resurfaced, according to city and Hampton Roads Sanitation District officials.

“Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of HRSD staff, our consulting engineers and our contractors, the pipe repair was completed in three weeks,” Nancy Munnikhuysen, spokeswoman for HRSD, wrote in an email Tuesday. “This is a remarkably short time for such a challenging job.”

A nine-inch hole discovered on Oct. 29 discharged about 18.3 million gallons of raw sewage into Shingle Creek by the time it was plugged a week and a half later.

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Now that the pipe is repaired, HRSD crews will remove the existing pavement on Wilroy Road, add new stone, lay asphalt and apply new markings to the road, Munnikhuysen said.

“Paving schedules are always weather-dependent, but we hope Wilroy Road will be reopened by Dec. 7,” she said.

The estimated cost of the repair, including the repaving, is about $1.2 million, Munnikhuysen said.