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Part of Mill Street to close
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The section of Mill Street between Newton Drive and Phedora Street will be closed to all through traffic from Monday through Aug. 30 for $148,000 worth of repairs designed to prevent flooding of the road.

Mill Street has flooded off an on for several years in that area, Covington City Engineer Tres Thomas said Thursday, most recently following the heavy rains on July 21.

The city created an initial repair design in 2010 and monitored the situation until money became available for project, but a large sinkhole developed in front of a house on the street earlier this year. Thomas said city crews immediately stabilized the area and completed a final repair design, which was bid out beginning May 30.

Monroe-based Anderson Grading and Pipeline was the low bidder at $148,840, which will be funded using stormwater fees.

"The existing corrugated metal pipe culverts will be replaced with an 8-inch by 4-inch concrete box culvert. The sanitary sewer will be relocated prior to the culvert installation. The water main will be cut and plugged until the culvert work is complete. The water main will then be rerouted across the culvert," Thomas said, describing the work to be done. "The existing gas main will be temporary supported during construction. It is hopeful that the culvert can be slipped under the gas main; if not, the gas main will be relocated."

The street will still be open to residents and people conducting business in the area.