Faulty pipe to drain $60K from town

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

April 2, 2014

The town of Elkin Public Works Department is pushing forward on a repair to the pipeline running underneath Standard Street.

Two months ago, officials discovered the faulty pipeline after heavy rain led to flooding of the downtown street.

Elkin conducted a bid process for the pipe repair project.

Town officials confirmed B.K. Moody Enterprises of State Road as contractor who came in with the lowest bid.

“The company came in at $53,975,” said Robert Fuller, director of Public Works. “This price does not include paving, but we estimated the project to come in around $60,000 when done.”

A 36-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe will be installed in the middle of the street in front of the Smith Phillips property and run to discharge at the Elkin Creek. HDPE pipe is known for its large strength-to-density ratio, commonly used in the production of plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, geomembranes and plastic lumber.

According to Fuller, it is unknown on the extent of the damage to the infrastructure underneath Standard Street. “We have to keep our fingers crossed and wait to see what happens once we dig it up,” he said.

Fuller said the new pipe will be delivered sometime this week or early next week. Town officials will close Standard Street for construction. Official announcement on the street closure is expected soon.

Previously, Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne said he expected Standard Street to be closed for about three to five days when the new storm drain pipe is put into place under the street.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.