This week, Lancaster Watchdog looks into the temporary patchwork on a Lancaster city road and checks on the status of a closed playground in Manheim Township.

Patchwork fix

Back in February, a North President Avenue resident noticed water bubbling up from the paved road. He wasn’t hallucinating — a water main broke underneath the road.

He called city officials and said they tended to the broken main right away.

Watchdog President Avenue Patch

A temporary road patch remains five months after a water main break on North President Avenue.

Workers patched the road, but with a less-than-permanent, softer material, citing the cold weather. The reader was told water department workers would return when warmer weather came around to install a more reliable, permanent fix.

Since then, according to the resident, the temporary patch measuring about 4 feet long by 7 feet wide has been a bumpy mess for drivers after a groove formed at the site of the patch.

“These big trucks and cars with a trailer hitch slam down into it,” he said. “It drops down in there (and) you can hear it — a thud. I would think that’s dangerous.”

Watchdog reached out to the city public works department to find out about the issue and is awaiting a response.

Playground opens

The new playground at Weaver Road Park, better known as Weaver Fields, is open.

Watchdog Weaver Field Playground 7-5

Children recently were restricted from entering the Manheim Township playground because of grading issues.

Watchdog recently strolled past the park and saw that it is open, with parents and children enjoying the area.

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