Water line breaks after MDOT resurfaces section of US-131

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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Crews are shown working last week on the $1.2-million road project along a 2.2-mile of US-131 through the heart of downtown Kalkaska. A water service line under the resurfaced roadway broke on Thursday, Oct. 7 causing water to pool on the surface. The line was quickly isolated, repaired and reportedly only affected one business.


KALKASKA – The resurfacing of more than two miles or roadway in the Village of Kalkaska hit a small bump late Thursday afternoon, Oct. 7, when a water service line under the road broke and caused water to pool on the surface.

Kalkaska Village Manager Scott Yost informed village council members at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 14, that work crews were on site until after 7 p.m. the next day fixing the broken water line near the intersection of First Street and US-131.

“We received notification at about 10:30 p.m.,” Yost said. “(Road crews) had just finished milling and laying down new asphalt there that afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“Water was coming out of the new pavement.”

When asked, Yost said he was not sure if water leaking from the break had caused instability to the road bed.

“I’d have to check with MDOT on that,” Yost said, referring to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The good news, according to village officials, is that the breakage resulted in an interruption of water service to just one local business and there was no contamination to the system.

“We fixed it,” Yost added. “We’re sorry for the inconvenience. It was not planned.”

Village President Harley Wales said it was fortunate that there wasn’t any further damage to the water system and that it was quickly fixed.

“The service line that was broken was able to be isolated and the system did not lose pressure,” Wales said. “So, there was no need for any public advisory, either.”

The local MDOT project to resurface the section of US-131 started on Sept. 30 and is expected to be completed in early November.

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