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New obstacle uncovered in President Street water main project

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Get ready to take that detour around President Street to Islands Expressway and into downtown Savannah a little longer. 

The city of Savannah keeps on running into surprises with their water main construction project on President Street between Randolph and Broad streets. First, it was a 46,000-volt, 60-year-old underground power line. Now, they've found an old manhole deep underground. 

City officials say they have progressed as anticipated, but not quickly. There have been a lot of complexities and a lot of things they didn't know about. 

Georgia Power is taking care of the power line, which dates back to the 1950s, but now the city has another issue to worry about. 

A manhole was discovered, which officials say has a bottom that's eroded and they have to repair the bottom and recast it to make it functional again.

That has possibly pushed things back again. 

City spokesperson Sarajane Aures told WTOC they hope to have it on schedule, but it has been a project where the unexpected is what they have grown accustomed to. 

"We are not going to know exactly what is going on underground until we start digging into it and that is something we are now addressing and trying to get that repair work scheduled and completed as quickly as possible," Aures said. 

It may look like work has stopped at the work site, but nearby businesses say crews have been out "with shovels poking around." 

The city said they have a timetable of finishing this and reopening the road between the end of September and mid-October. 

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