Water main break shuts down Hwy. 59
Repair to take ‘several days’
At about 10:30 p.m. Monday a major water break beneath U.S. Highway 59 between Main and Maple Streets in downtown Cherokee gushed thousands of gallons of water and undermined the roadway before crews could dig down for repairs of the old iron 12” water line that had ruptured.
Due to the large volume of water lost, there was a brief loss in pressure, but thanks to the water line loop that was installed earlier this year, the south end of town was not without water, according to City Administrator Sam Kooiker.
This block of Highway 59 – between Main and Maple - will be closed for up to several days. The City is working with DOT to re-route truck traffic around Cherokee, while other motorusts are detoured east and west on Maple Street and/or Main Street while replacement of the ruptured line and repair of the roadway is completed.