Water main break shuts down Hwy. 59

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Crews were busy Monday night and Tuesday repairing a ruptured water main break in an aged, iron 12-inch line between Main and Maple Streets on U.s. Highway 59. The break closed one block of the highway for repairs that may take several days, according to City Hall.
Photo by Chris Reed

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.

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