Burst pipe costs city $150K

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March 1, 2004 // UPDATED 9:23 am - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

A frozen fire sprinkler pipe burst in a city-run, state-owned parking ramp, taking out of commission four of seven elevators and hitting the parking maintenance reserve fund with a $154,600 bill.

The City Engineer authorized emergency repairs at the South 4th Street TAD (Third Avenue Distributor) ramp.

Mike Sachi, Public Work's parking and skyway systems engineer, said he expected two of the four elevators to reopen by late February. The other two elevators would not begin working until late March or early April, due to delays in getting replacement parts.

The area enclosing the sprinkler pipes in the ramp's skyway level had inadequate insulation and the line burst Jan. 26, after prolonged subzero temperatures, Sachi said. Water flooded elevator shafts and cabs, destroying electrical components and contaminating hydraulic fluid.