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Roadwork ties up traffic at Elm Avenue

Auburn road paving completed on Monday
By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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Crews continued roadwork at the intersection of High Street and Elm Avenue Monday after a fire hydrant break earlier this month prompted repairs below the street. The hydrant was reportedly hit by a vehicle March 1, which then drove off, said Craig McArdle, captain with the Auburn Fire Department. Someone hit the hydrant, causing it to break off, McArdle said after the incident that occurred at roughly 11 a.m. The water was squirting onto some high voltage lines so we decided not to turn off the water right away. McArdle said crews were being cautious to avoid the risk of shock that the high voltage lines may have produced. Fire crews called in Placer County Water Agency workers to adjust the valves and reduce the water's flow. A number of years ago, a contractor had trenched through a line that hadn't been used in a very long time ” it was dry, Mike Nichol, director of field services for the Placer County Water Agency said Monday. When the water was turned back on, no one knew it had been trenched through and it created a void in the pavement. Nichol said crews went underground and filled the void last week. On Monday morning, the northbound Highway 49 lane traveling onto High Street was closed in order to conduct final paving, Nichol said. Nichol confirmed the work would be complete by Monday evening. By the end of the (Monday) we shouldn't have anymore disruption of traffic, he said. We apologize for the inconvenience to the public, but we couldn't have completed (the work) as soon as we did if it wasn't for the good coordination with (the California Department of Transportation) and the City of Auburn. Without their help, it could have taken a whole lot longer.