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Charles City city engineer on 4th Avenue closure ‘it’ll be open in May’

One of the most active roads in Charles City, 4th Avenue, is being blocked off. John Fallis, city engineer knows why:


A Facebook post from councilmen Phil Knighten reads: 

“There have been a lot of questions about the status of 4th Avenue between D Street & C Street.  Every year the city hires contractors to line the inside of current piping with CIPP (Cured In Place Pipe) lining within the city to extend the life and durability of said piping.  This year a large segment of sewer pipe in this area set to be lined could not be completed until the manhole on 4th Avenue near C street was removed.

Once the manhole was removed, the extent of the condition of the sanitary sewer was exposed and the need to take emergency corrective action was determined.  The piping is in very poor condition and presents a risk of collapse, which would cause great damage to the city sewer system and the structures in the immediate area.”

On April 6th the council approved a resolution to authorize emergency repairs on the piping. The materials will arrive in a couple weeks and then the work will resume.

Fallis expects 4th Avenue to be reopened by mid-May.


With any questions call 641-330-9465 to talk to Knighten.

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