Sidenote #2: If the sewer point repair (or water line or subsurface drainage repair) is not done, a hole will form in the street. We call this "New Orleans." On the other hand, when a repair is done, we are left with a patch in the street. In downtown Covington, every patch on Boston Street, Rutland, Gibson, etc. is the result of a sewer point repair. Some patches are smoother than others.
Sidenote #3: We (the City) do not have the money to repave all of the streets. However, I have instructed Public Works to identify the worst of the patches. Our hope this summer is to replace these rough spots with new, smoother patches. Boston Street aka LA State Hwy 21 will get a new surface thanks to the efforts of Senator Patrick McMath and Representative Mark Wright.
Sidenote #4: In the 2022 budget I hope to have dollars to repair patches outside of downtown. This year and next we will continue to repair sewer leaks in River Forest (terra-cotta). Next year I hope to budget smoke, video, point repair and lining in the Ozone. The broken sewer lines in the Ozone are a major source of water infiltration into our wastewater treatment plant during rains.
Sidenote #5: During a heavy rain and due to water infiltration, a major sewer lift station servicing downtown would run continuously for 22 hours. After the aforementioned repairs, it now runs for about 16 hours. This is good.