Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikmeier has announced that due to emergency storm sewer repair, U.S. Highway 59 will be closed in Cherokee, with work on the project starting today.
The Iowa Department of Transportation set up the barricades and closed the highway at its intersection with Cedar Street near downtown Cherokee Tuesday afternoon.
Subject to weather conditions, the repair project will take approximately 5-10 working days to complete, and during such time Highway 59 will be closed at Cedar Street to local traffic. Area motorists should avoid the intersection.
In addition, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) will redirect Highway 59 through traffic to use Linden Street (Landfill Road) to S Avenue to Highway 3.
The IDOT is requiring the City to complete the project as soon as possible before winter sets in.
FEMA officials have inspected the project and agree with the City that the major damage likely occurred as a result of the June 27 flooding when record rains of more than seven inches hit the Cherokee area. Although FEMA has yet to commit, it is likely the project will be eligible for FEMA funding.