Mar 21, 2012 at 6:55 am
SARTELL, Minn. (KNSI) - A portion of Stearns County Road 1 between Sartell and St. Cloud was expected to be fixed and reopened by late Wednesday, almost two days after a city crew investigating a sewer main leak accidently caused a larger break in that line, according to a Sartell spokeswoman.
County Road 1 between 9th Avenue North and Stearns County Road 120 was closed late Tuesday following the incident, Sartell city administrator Patti Gartland said.
Gartland said a resident near the forcemain sewage pipe running under County Road 1 between the Sartell Walmart location and Heim Mill alerted city officials to possible sewage seeping into his basement Tuesday evening.
City public works determined there was a leak in the pipe, but ran into trouble when they began excavating around that main.
"In the process of getting to that and uncovering the pipe, they accidently hit the pipe and created a larger situation," Gartland said.
Gartland said the city immediately closed that section of Road 1 and diverted sewage flow through bypass piping. The leak was repaired and sewage was rerouted back trhough the forcemain Wednesday afternoon.
However, repair sections of Road 1 that had to be torn up to get to the break meant the roadway was expected to remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon.
Gartland said the temporary fix to the main would hold until May when city crews would return to do more permanent repairs.
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