In the waning moments of Monday night’s City Council session, Councilman Dennis Dare pushed for a moratorium on directional boring below the resort’s streets to install underground pipes and cables.
“I brought this up in the past, and one of the responses from city staff was, ‘Well, what do you want us to do, open cut it?’ Well, yeah perhaps,” Dare said to his fellow councilmembers. “There’s other things that can be done, but utility companies like to use boring because it’s cheaper and you don’t have to pave, but you end up with holes every 30 or 40 feet.”
Dare brought the matter to council after witnessing the issues with the storm drain near 93rd Street and Arctic Avenue. Sometime before the State Highway Administration started its multi-million-dollar paving project on Coastal Highway, Sandpiper Energy installed a new natural gas main under the road.
Shortly after the SHA finished paving, and Cruisin’ Ocean City had wrapped up, a sinkhole appeared near the storm drain at the intersection, officials said. Currently, a steel plate lies over the hole until Sandpiper returns to investigate the issue.