Town of Blacksburg finalizing plans for Tall Oaks Dr. construction

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 4:23 PM EDT
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - In early July, a major thunderstorm caused a storm water system to fail and the road above it to be heavily damaged near Tall Oaks Drive in Blacksburg. Around a quarter mile of the road is completely closed off now and has made residents wonder what the Town of Blacksburg’s plan of action is for the area.

Deputy Town Manager Chris Lawrence said they assessed what happened following the storm. They found the metal pipe below the road had broken, and the more-than-40-year-old pipe was just not able to handle the water volume. This led to the water overflow and road damage there now.

Lawrence said they went to an engineering firm to design a new plan for the storm water system. Those plans have been finalized. The next step is hiring the construction company to begin working on it. He said they are ordering all the material they need for the project, but said construction might not start for another three to four weeks. He understands residents’ frustrations, but asks the community for patience as they get to work.

“We want to do it right. It’s one thing to just run back out there and fix the pipe, and fix the road. and then walk away from it. But the reality is, it broke for a reason, and there’s just more water going through there. So we really want to fix it right and then not have to go back and mess with it for a long, long time.”

Lawrence said the new products are plastic and he believes they will last a lot longer than the metal pipe that broke. He said the project might take six to eight weeks to finish after the constructions crews get started. This means the project could be done by mid- to late-November if all goes to plan.

The WDBJ7 team will continue to update the community as we learn more about this project. For more information on the Town of Blacksburg, you can head to its website here.

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