Back in February, people living near Oak Park and River Forest High School started noticing collapsing concrete in the street, in what turned out to be a sinkhole forming at Erie and Scoville. Fast forward to today, and Village Manager Tom Barwin decided to travel down into the sewers to see the problem up close.
Apparently a piece of the “relief drain,” 30 feet under the street, collapsed, according to Barwin’s blog, missionmainstreet.tumblr.com. Oak Park is paying a company $165,000 to try and tackle the problem, and Barwin wanted to inspect the relief drain himself to make sure that the repairs were really worth the hefty price tag.
After venturing into the sewers, Barwin wrote, he gained more respect for the people who work down there.
“The unheralded men who do this type of construction work certainly deserve our respect, appreciation, and decent pay,” he wrote. “These are challenging and dangerous jobs requiring care, caution, strength and no fear of confined spaces.”
Click here to read the rest of Barwin’s blog.