Storm drain collapse

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Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, a concrete truck working on a private development project at the intersection of Central Avenue (Hwy 37), Cale, and 1st streets overturned when a portion of the roadway collapsed into a stormwater drainage system along the east side of the roadway.
City crews and a local towing company were able to extract the concrete truck by approximately 2 p.m., but a large, open cavity remains in the roadway.Cale-1ST 2024a
Monett Public Works crews and the city engineer are currently evaluating the damage to determine the best course of action for repairs to the stormwater drainage system and the roadway. Initial assessments have determined that the section of the storm drain that collapsed was not scheduled for reconstruction in the Central Avenue Improvement project but is of a similar age and design as the stormwater system on Central.
Monett Public Works crews are currently planning to repair the damaged section of the storm drain, including several feet of the storm drain both north and south of the collapse.Cale-1ST 2024g - Copy - Copy
Public Works Director Dave Dunn said it appears the floor of the storm drain washed out, creating a void under the west wall, allowing the wall and ceiling to collapse in unison when the fully loaded cement truck arrived at the location.
Crews are currently working to clear the damaged area of the drain to allow stormwater to pass through the system should we receive rain. Once that work is completed, further assessments will be made and plans for repairs will be finalized.
Dunn also said the area of the storm drain that collapsed this week is 18 feet south of a cave-in that was repaired in 2013.
Community members may expect to see further traffic delays and closures on the impacted streets as repair work proceeds.