City officials have taken the next step toward repairing the water leak under Highway 30 at Springfield Road.

During its latest meeting last week, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance that allows Mayor Ron Blum to enter into a task order with Archer-Elgin Engineering for $5,304.

“This is the engineering for the road bore under Highway 30 at Springfield,” Childers told the aldermen on April 21. “We’re getting everything into place to fix the leak.”

The ordinance states that Archer-Elgin’s bid was the lowest and best proposal.

The project description reads that the task order will provide a topographic survey, design and detailed plans for construction of a utility bore and water main repair/replacement along Springfield Road and under Missouri Highways 30/47 in St. Clair.

The leak first was noticed in January. The Highway 30 pavement at Springfield Road constantly is wet as water leaks from the 4-inch line underneath.

 “A realistic time frame should be to have it fixed sometime this spring,” Public Works Director Jason Ivie told The Missourian earlier this month.

Ivie believes the water main under the highway is broken.

The leak, which Ivie described as “minimal” and “pretty slow,” is in the smaller water main that runs under Highway 30 and is connected to new 10-inch lines on both sides of Springfield Road that were installed as part of that street’s major overhaul last year.

The new, larger lines on each side of Highway 30 were connected to the old, 4-inch line that runs under the highway. The Missouri Department of Transportation would not allow the city to close that thoroughfare and tear it up to replace the water line underneath it.

The city has said its best option probably is to bore under Highway 30 and lay a new, 10-inch line there and connect it to the Springfield Road lines, Ivie said.

There are no estimates as to what the repairs may cost the city.

Once the best way to fix the leak is determined through the engineering proposal, the city will seek bids for the project.