City Closes Section of Bracken Street Due To Deteriorating Lateral Crossing
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Saying that a portion of the road was near collapse, the City of Twin Falls Streets Department has closed a section of Bracken Street North near the intersection of Filer Avenue West. City authorities say they needed to close the portion of the street after a lateral crossing was found deteriorating to the point of collapse.
At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, city street crews noticed a section of Bracken Street that was sinking. After further inspection, crews noticed that an aging corrugated metal pipe, which allows Twin Falls Canal Company canal water to pass underneath Bracken Street, was severely deteriorated.
Crews blocked both lanes on Bracken Street near the intersection of Filer Avenue after it was determined to be a safety hazard.
Work is expected to begin later this week to remove the street pavement and determine the extent of the repairs that will be needed on the lateral crossing. City engineers will provide a timeline for replacing and reopening the roadway after it is able to determine the extent of the repairs.
The coulee that flows under Bracken Street serves several irrigators in west Twin Falls, so it is critical to maintain water flow through the lateral crossing until the end of the farming season.