Barrels gone, Washington Street open to all traffic

Published 11:42 am Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Washington Street south of the Washington Street bridge has been fully reopened to traffic.

“The street was striped Saturday and we removed the cones and barricades Monday,” interim Public Works Director Garnet Van Norman said Tuesday. “Traffic is flowing through.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Feb. 28 declared an emergency and restricted traffic on Washington Street after a city crew repairing a water main leak near a retaining wall saw it move as heavy trucks went by. City workers also discovered a gap between the wall and the slope.

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When the emergency was declared, the board ordered the detour of vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds, which included tractor-trailer rigs, log trucks, school buses and large emergency vehicles.

The board in June awarded a contract to Madison-based American Field Services to stabilize the retaining wall and repair a section of the street south of the Washington Street bridge at Clark Street. Work began on the repairs July 9. Workers used anchors to shore up the wall, repaired the roadbed and repaved the street