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Pipe replacement project begins at Lynn and 16th

16th Avenue in Sterling is closed north of Lynn Blvd to E. 25th Street.
16th Avenue in Sterling is closed north of Lynn Blvd to E. 25th Street.

STERLING – Drivers can expect intermittent road closures and slight traffic delays along 16th Avenue as the city replaces slightly more than 1,600 feet of wastewater pipe on the north side of Lynn Boulevard and east of 16th Avenue.

The project calls for temporary lane closures in the far south lane of Lynn, east of 16th and at 16th, City Manager Scott Shumard said. Workers began unloading equipment on Friday and began construction Monday.

The pipe is north of Lynn Boulevard and east of 16th Avenue. It collapsed partially, and the water compromised some parts of a farm field through which the sewer line runs, causing a sinkhole a farmer discovered it when his combine drove into it last fall.

“This replaces a section of sewer in the farm field which collapsed last year and has had a temporary patch holding it,” Shumard said in an email.

Civil Constructors of Freeport is handling the $320,000 project. Installation is expected to be completed by mid to late November, with seeding next year, Shumard said.

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