Mercer St. pothole to get permanent fix in August

by Trish Rudder

Shale was added to temporarily repair the drainage problem on North Mercer Street between Union and Independence streets.

The standing water had covered a deep pothole that had a five-gallon bucket with a concrete block in it to keep drivers away from the pothole that could damage their cars.

The pothole last week on Mercer Street, with a bucket in place to warn motorists.

Shale went down last Friday by the DOH to fill in the deep pothole on North Mercer Street. The necessary repairs to drain standing water will be done in August, according to the DOH.
photo by Trish Rudder

Last Thursday Town of Bath Recorder Susan Webster said she called the Morgan County DOH, since Mercer Street is a state-maintained road.

The DOH put shale down on Friday as a temporary fix.

Todd Hutchinson, acting Morgan County supervisor, said on Monday a swale will be installed to carry the water to the drain near Black Cat Music located on the corner of Mercer and Independence streets. The area will be graded, a swale will be installed and black top will added, he said.

The drainage issue begins at Union and Mercer streets, and the DOH will install drainage from “that bad corner to the drain at Mercer and Independence,” Webster said.

Hutchinson said Dis-Force out of the DOH District 5 office in Burlington will complete the work since they are equipped to tackle larger drainage jobs.

He said the job will be done sometime in August.

“It’s a one-and-a-half-day job,” he said.