MARIETTA - Work finally began Monday to repair a series of rough patches in the brick pavement along Putnam Street between Fifth Street and the Putnam Bridge.
Rick Terrell and Phillip Rush were renovating a Fifth Street home Monday afternoon, and both noticed the increased number of vehicles on the street due to a detour of westbound traffic at the Putnam and Fifth streets intersection.
Rush said the brick repair is good news, and he hoped the paving would be done right.
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Crews started repairing the damage Monday along Putnam Street in Marietta.
"The sand has to be tamped down good before the bricks are put in, and the bricks should be raised about half an inch when they're installed to give them room to settle," he said.
Marietta Councilwoman Kathy Shively, D-at large, chairs council's streets and transportation committee.
"I've expressed concern about the Putnam Street brick pavement for several months," she said. "Those areas developed as soon as the winter weather was over this year."
Jim Finley, with Marietta's engineering department, said it's not clear why some of the roadbed brickwork buckled.
"We're not sure what's causing it, whether it might be upheaval due to frost or from heavy traffic levels," he said. "But we'll be re-laying the damaged brick areas in their existing base, using sand bedding."
Finley said the work would progress a block at a time, from Fifth Street to the Putnam Bridge. One lane of traffic will be maintained when possible, but drivers should expect detours to be posted as work moves from block to block.
Finley said no firm timeline has been set, but it will likely take several weeks for streets crews to complete the work.
Last month, city engineer Joe Tucker said the department was considering re-laying the brick pavement in cement instead of sand, which would have increased the materials cost to do the repairs from $3,000 to $38,000.
But Finley said using cement to do the current repair work on patches of Putnam Street would not be feasible because bricks around the patched areas would remain in a sand base, which would create an uneven road surface.
He said cement would have to be used under all bricks on one side or both sides of the roadway to keep the street surface level.
"The possibility of using cement on the brick streets will depend on available funding," Finley said, adding that the process could be considered for a future annual city paving program.