Archive for Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tenn. Street repairs to hamper traffic

July 18, 2006


Traffic is expected to be reduced to one lane through tomorrow on a portion of Tennessee Street near 14th Street while city crews work to repair a hole caused by a collapsed sewer line.

If that scenario sounds familiar, it should. A collapsed sewer line in February led construction crews to close the busy intersection at Eighth and Kentucky streets for about two weeks.

But Lisa Patterson, a city spokeswoman, said Monday she didn't expect this repair to inconvenience motorists that long.

"Based on what we know right now, we don't anticipate this being similar to the Kentucky Street situation," Patterson said. "This is just an 8-inch line that is only six feet deep."

The line on Kentucky Street was larger and was 25 feet deep, which added time to the repair.

The Tennessee Street hole is just south of 14th Street. Tennessee is a one-way street to the south. Patterson said the westbound lane of traffic will be closed during the day today. Both lanes are expected to be open at night, when crews are not working.

The hole, which is several feet long, developed near the sidewalk where cars are allowed to park.

Age is suspected as the prime reason for the collapse of the line. The exact age of the clay pipe wasn't immediately known, but Patterson said it was old. She said the line was scheduled for replacement next summer.

"We knew this area was in need of attention," Patterson said.

City crews only will make a "spot repair" of the line. Complete replacement won't occur until next summer as part of the larger project.

Patterson said it wasn't feasible to completely replace the line now because preliminary engineering work for the larger project has not been completed.

The collapsed line has not disrupted sewer service to any of the homes or businesses in the area, nor is it expected to.


smiles 11 years, 9 months ago

Tennessee is just one of the MANY projects going on right now - Kasold, Iowa, 27th, 23rd - everywhere I turn there is a lovely scene of orange cones and barrels.

amazed 11 years, 9 months ago

Better streets require construction/a bit of patience on the part of consumers who, no doubt, bitch about the streets.

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