The intersection of Fourth Avenue West and West Fourth Street may be closed longer than expected.
"Just on Friday, they found a second sanitary sewer in the intersection of (West) Fourth (Street) and Fourth (Avenue West)," City Engineer Jim Thiesse told Spencer City Council Monday evening. "It's not a good place to find a surprise sewer. They investigated today, found out which houses are attached to it and have a plan of attack."
Thiesse said the problem should be addressed by Wednesday, so the road can be backfilled, paved and reopened, though maybe not as quickly as was originally hoped.
"I don't see West Fourth Street being open this week, with the exception of it all goes well, maybe we can get it open by this weekend," Thiesse said.
Earlier in the evening, the council approved a $54,213 bid from Vaughn DeLoss Construction, of Spencer, for a sewer replacement project on Seventh Avenue East between East 15th and East 16th streets.
The project was estimated at $50,626 and a bid from GM Contracting in Lake Crystal, Minn. -- the highest of the three bids submitted -- was more than twice that amount, at $106,888.
Dec. 15 will be the completion date.
In other construction news, the council approved an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for phase two of the Safe Routes to School project near Lincoln Elementary School. The agreement includes a near $135,000 grant, sidewalk improvements on Fourth Street Southwest and Fourth Avenue Southwest, pedestrian signals in the vicinity, a speed trailer and SRTS coordinator.