Due to the extensive work that has to be done which includes a long period of pumping, Second Avenue will continue to be closed into Monday or Tuesday of next week.
On October 31st around 10:30PM Public Works received a call from Franklin Police dispatch to respond to Second Avenue between Main Street and Franklin Street to check a cave in within the asphalt road way. Their call employee responded and based on the size and depth of the cave in determined the safest option was to close Second Avenue to thru traffic.
At 7:00AM Chad Edwards and Russ Pace determined that the failed area was on a sanitary sewer main. The depth of this line is 9' at the downstream structure located in Franklin Street. They do not have equipment or the appurtenances to handle pipe repair at this depth so they called in their emergency contractor (Lewis Construction of Virginia). By 8:00 AM they had submitted an emergency ticket to Miss Utility, and their contractor was on site. Excessive ground water has hindered the repair as well as being able to locate solid pipe to connect to.
The road will remain closed to thru traffic tonight and tomorrow and the repair efforts will continue in the morning. They have a TV inspection truck that should arrive today around 5:30PM to look at this line and find good pipe. This will aid them in determining where to dig in the morning. Their hope is to dewater and find good pipe, make the repair and open the road by day's end tomorrow. Please understand that at this point there are many variables that can affect our progress tomorrow. They will provide updates as information becomes available.