Cimarron and Saratoga: Repairs likely through September

Last week we reported on the ongoing repairs at the intersection of Cimarron and Saratoga. This week we spoke with Jeff Edmonds, Director of Engineering Services for the City. He explained why the repairs are taking so long and explained how long it might take for the mess to get out of the way.

Edmonds told us that a leak was discovered during camera inspections and it was brought to his attention that the problem would need to be fixed. The leak was coming from an outdated, clay wastewater pipe that ran under the street down to the station on Wooldridge near Airline.

Likely due to being beyond its life expectancy, the pipe failed and because of that, it is obviously considered an emergency repair. In a memo sent to City Manager Peter Zanoni and city council, Mr. Edmonds explained the seriousness on the problem and how by not fixing the problem, it could have turned into a potential TCEQ violation.

But as it turns out, the parts to fix the problem aren’t that easy to come by and that portion of Cimarron will likely be reduced to one lane on each side through September, Edmonds said.

“It is a supply issue,” Edmonds told the Southside Light this week. “What folks are seeing there now are temporary pumps and hoses.”

Those are obviously needed to keep the wastewater moving and not end up just leaking underground.

How bad as it? Turns out that the old clay pipe from back in the day had seen better days, and the problem must have been going on for some time without being detected.

Actual photo of inspection along Saratoga and Cimarron provided by the city.

Back in June, at least one area resident filed a complaint with the TCEQ. That complaint was delivered to the city only days before the issue at hand this time around was discovered.

In the complaint, the area resident claims that during a recent rain she observed wastewater overflowing into neighborhood yards from the storm drains. They even had video and photos to back it up.

The complaint filed with TCEQ claimed that the petitioner’s dog and the dog of a neighbor died from having accidentally drank the wastewater that had seeped up.

Days after the complaint was filed the city discovered the problem and took action. But now, with a bandage over the wound, it seems like it will take at least another month to get the parts in and make the repair.

This is the same area that had a sinkhole just over a year ago. And as for the old clay pipes? It is a citywide problem for the most part and they are failing everywhere. Find and fix, fix and find—that’s about where we are on it, or so it seems.

Thanks to Jeff Edmonds for reaching out to us on behalf of the city of Corpus Christi to get these answers.

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