A Section Of One Twin Falls Street Closed Due To A Deteriorating Pipe
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) On Tuesday crews with the Twin Falls Street Department came across a potential major problem with an irrigation pipe running under a few streets here in Twin Falls.
At about 10 Tuesday morning, crews from the City Street Department noticed a section of Bracken Street was starting to sink and break apart.
After further investigation, crews noticed that an aging corrugated metal pipe, which allows Twin Falls Canal Company water to pass underneath Bracken Street, was severely deteriorating.
Crews immediately blocked off both lanes of Bracken Street near the intersection of Filer Avenue West, and this afternoon the crews were back out at the intersection taking a closer look at the problem.
“That lateral carries a lot of irrigation water for folks downstream of us. There’s no way we can shut that water off, pretty much impossible to replace that pipe with that much water in the lateral. What we kind of decided to do now is… were going to place some heavy metal plates on top of that pipe in the roadway. That should be able to open the road up again, let folks get in and out.” - Said the Twin Falls Street Departments Superintendant, Dean Littler.
Due to the amount of water running through the pipe at this time, crews will have to wait until this fall to take a closer look at the line.
The pipe which is well over 60 years old runs underneath about 4 other intersections just like the one at Bracken Street.
Crews are now worried that those other intersections will come back with the same story...
But they won't know until this fall.
Stay tuned to KMVT, and we will update you on this story as more information becomes available.