The major changes taking place in Old Town in recent months have taken center stage as far as imposing roadwork and the detours that go along with upheavals in traffic flow. But few who have traveled the cityís alternate throughways have missed the work going on on Spruce Street about a block north of Highway 126. Itís a small portion of the cityís arterials, but long under construction, or at least a traffic diversion.
Last December, just before Christmas, city staff were alerted to a sinkhole forming on the west side of Spruce, just north of 12th Street. It was located above a corrugated metal culvert where a portion of Munsel Creek runs. A section of road failed to hold up and the culvert collapsed.
Rather than a straightforward repair project for the cityís public works department, the environmentally sensitive area turned any work into a state issue.
ďMunsel Creek is considered critical native habitat for coho salmon by all regulatory agencies.For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.
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