Summarized by Mike Nielsen
Rain threatened Nauvoo Temple project
Burlington IA Hawk Eye 28Jun00 D1
By Stephen A. Martin: The Hawk Eye
NAUVOO, Ill -- After five inches of rain saturated the ground, the
pavement under Bluff Street began to crack. The hole grew larger and
larger, until it forced city officials to close the street.
Workers at the Nauvoo Temple construction site had to replace
water-logged dirt that pushed a metal retaining wall 15 inches out of
place. The wall is being replaced with a sloped surface.
Water saturated the ground so thoroughly that the street began to
buckle and crack. Officials worried that a 108-inch water main
located beneath the street might develop a leak from the vibrations
of passing traffic. Although the pipe was found to be all right, the
ground surrounding the line had become unstable.
Ron Prince, project manager for the LDS Church Temple, said that the
church will pay the expenses for the city and for the contractor. "If
you get heavy rains in this area, that's what we have to put up
with," he said. Prince said that despite the repairs, which will take
at least two weeks to complete, the construction "is moving along
very rapidly.... We're on schedule."