Flint seeks state aid to repair over 1,800 yards damaged by lead pipe replacement

Flint, Michigan – At the request of the City of Flint, the State of Michigan recently submitted a grant application to the City to manage and fund the repair of yards and streets at approximately 1,848 homes damaged by excavation and replacement of lead service lines.

Excavation and replacement of the lead service line was completed as part of the settlement agreement between NRDC and Concerned Pastors. The motion was filed with U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, and is pending approval.

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Of the $97 million in state funds allocated to excavate, replace and restore lead service lines in Flint, all but approximately $1.1 to $1.2 million has been spent. The cost to complete the restoration work required under the settlement agreement is approximately $4,620,000, not including additional project management costs.

In order to resume work as quickly as possible this construction season, the City of Flint intends to transfer its engineering and construction contracts to the State of Michigan. This will allow the State to provide additional funding for the project to complete the restoration work required in the settlement agreement.

As part of the Concerned Pastors' lawsuit, the amended settlement agreement requires the City of Flint to perform restoration work on properties where a utility line excavation was performed.

The application calls for the restorations to be completed by August 1, 2025 at the latest.

To date, the City of Flint has completed 29,777 water service line excavations and identifications, including replacing 10,529 lead service lines. The remaining lines were copper and did not require replacement.

Flint had originally committed to replacing all old lead pipes by January 1, 2020. However, for financing and management reasons, this date was gradually pushed back – first to 2021, then to 2022 and finally to August 1, 2023.

In August 2023, Flint Beat reported that LaJoyce Howard's pipes were replaced in the fall of 2020, but her sidewalk was compromised after the repaired area was covered with gravel, allowing tree roots to grow over it.

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