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Charles/Dixon intersection closure will remain through Monday

UPDATE: Here’s the latest from the city. Intersection should be open by 3 p.m. Saturday. More in tomorrow’s paper. 

You may have seen crews from W.C. Spratt working in the rain this morning to repair the collapsed sewer line under the intersection of Dixon and Charles streets. Assistant Public Works Director Dave King says there’s enough work left to do to fix this line that the intersection will remain closed at least through Monday.

This is a major artery for people going out of town on Routes 2 and 17, so it means drivers headed in that direction will have to continue to detour via Lafayette Boulevard onto the Blue and Gray parkway for a while longer. Coming into town, you’ll need to get in the right lane on Dixon Street and turn right at the intersection to get on Caroline Street, which will take you into downtown.

More on what happened in tomorrow Saturday’s edition of The Free Lance-Star. (We may know more about the reopening schedule by then.)

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  • glasshouse

    Why wait until Saturday to find out why or how?
    Statement: 18 foot deep sewer lines don’t just ‘burst’.
    Questions: what caused the line to ‘burst’? How much did it cost to fix? Who is going to pay for the fix? If the City is paying, which account is it coming out?
    inquiring minds appreciate you following up with the details

  • EmilyBattle

    I can tell you that it’s going to be upwards of $100,000, and it’s coming out of the contingency fund. We’re running the story tomorrow because we knew we’d have more up-to-date info on when the street will open then. Who wants to read about smelly sewers two days in a row?

  • glasshouse

    I heard that the old clay tile pipe collapsed and that there was a hole that you could put a car in. Seems like that sewer line was video’d just last year. If so, I hope we get the scoop from that video. Plus, someone told me that there were many persons just standing around with no one apparently in charge. Lets see, we paid who and how much for what?
    How much will be left in the contigency fund?