Work done on 11th Street manhole

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Temporary fixes not enough for persistent problem

Anyone who drives on 11th Street in Cassville may have noticed a barricade covering a manhole, which has worn out over time.

Temporary fixes have not cut it, and a permanent fix has been done.

David Brock, Cassville public works director, said the manhole on 11th Street has had a barricade on it on and off for the last few months while the city determines a permanent solution.

“The frame and lid to that manhole has just worn out,” he said. “If a car hits it just right, the lid would flip off.”

Brock said there have been some temporary fixes to try to seal it and get it to stay in place, but the city decided to do a permanent patch.

“It wasn’t a very hazardous situation, but we wanted to leave the barricade on it until we were able to get it fixed.”

Brock said it took longer than it should, but is glad it’s being addressed.

“The manhole is probably 80 or 90 years old,” he said. “We have the parts for a permanent fix now, so we just had to call in and locate for other utilities, then dig it up and put on a new frame and lid.”

Brock said it only took a couple hours at most for the project to be completed.

“There is nothing else about the manhole that is unusual,” he said. “We have had issues with it over the last couple of years.”

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