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Broken watermain causes River Street closure last week

June 16, 2008

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

River Street was closed between Bridge Avenue and Railroad Avenue for most of Tuesday while crews repaired a broken watermain.

Delano Municipal Utilities (DMU) employees repaired the suspected broken watermain near the intersection of Bridge Avenue and River Street in downtown Delano.

The problem was discovered Monday afternoon, and around noon, a section of River Street immediately south of Bridge Avenue was closed for construction activities.

DMU crews excavated to the depth of the watermain to locate the problem and determine the extent of the damage.

River Street was closed between Bridge Avenue and Railroad Avenue to through traffic. Traffic heading north on River Street from the Franklin Avenue/River Street intersection was routed east on Railroad Avenue, then south on Second Street, and west on Bridge Avenue. Likewise, traffic desiring to head south of River Street had to use that same route.

The road was reopened Wednesday. Weather permitting, the city and DMU will make every effort to re-establish a bituminous surface to the area as soon as possible.

According to the city, if there’s any silver lining with this, the watermain break was approximately 50 feet south of the Bridge Avenue/River Street intersection.

With this intersection in use for the Highway 12 detour, a watermain break any closer to or into the intersection would have had major impacts on traffic and the Highway 12 detour.

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