South Lamar sewer rehab might soon hamper
traffic into and out of the Square.
While parking and traffic have been an
ongoing problem for the Square, the addition of construction
on South Lamar can only add to the problem. Oxford is preparing
to receive bids on the sewer rehab, which will take place on
South Lamar starting from the edge of University Avenue, and
continuing up to the start of the roundabout in the Square.
The sewer piping is very old and is a continuing
problem around the city.
Bart Robinson, of the department of public
works, said that these pipes are at least 60-years-old and may
date "back to around World War II."
These projects have been done on Jackson
and North Lamar in the past and created some traffic and parking
The piping in Oxford has been an ongoing
problem and has had to be constantly updated in the past year.
"This is a never-ending battle dealing
with the sewer piping," Robinson said. "The time for
this construction has been tentatively set for mid-May, right
after school is let out for summer.
Nothing is official yet.
"We're hoping to get it done in May,
and it shouldn't take more than 30 days, but nothing is set
in stone yet," Robinson said.
Some local businesses are optimistic that
this construction will not hamper business too badly.
"I have a lot of locals and regulars
that come in, and I don't think that it will have a major impact
on our business," said Ben Bart, manager of The Rib Cage.
Robinson said he hopes that since the city
is planning to replace the sewer piping after Double Decker
and school is let out, the impact of the road being closed for
days or perhaps weeks at a time may not hamper businesses significantly.
Most of the businesses along South Lamar
were not aware of the future replacing of pipes along the road.
Businesses such as 208 were pleased to
know that the work would be put off until after school and Double
Decker weekend, and though parking is a concern for Sid French
of 208, he said it is not to big of an issue.
"It probably won't have that big of
an effect on our business since we only have about 5 parking
spots in front of our restaurant anyways," French said.