Topic: water main break
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November 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM
The Associated Press
A fire official in the east Seattle suburb of Kirkland said a water main that broke Friday night sent thousands of gallons of water into city streets.
KOMO-TV reported the break occurred at about 7 p.m. at Third Avenue and Fifth Street, about two blocks from City Hall.
Kirkland Fire Battalion Chief Mike Haschak said about 1,000 gallons of water poured out during each of the 45 minutes it took to turn off the flow.
He says the water damaged a portion of Third Avenue. A 100-foot-long stretch of the street was closed to traffic Friday night.
October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM
The Associated Press
Workers with Seattle Public Utilities repaired a broken water main early Wednesday after a rupture flooded streets and a parking lot near the University Village shopping area.
The utility says crews replaced a 16-foot section of the 16-inch diameter pipe. They’re trying to find out what caused the cast iron pipe to break. Although it’s about 80 years old, it’s expected to last twice as long.
Water gushed about 20 feet in the air from the rupture until firefighters closed a valve.
The break occurred under a viaduct that carries 45th Street between the shopping center and the University of Washington campus. Police closed the road until the city Transportation Department determined there was no damage to supports.
April 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM
UPDATE 5:50 P.M. | WSDOT says all lanes have been reopened.
A water main broke on Aurora Avenue near Prospect Street Tuesday afternoon, closing two northbound lanes just in time for rush hour.
Seattle Public Utility crews initially thought the break would only close one lane and that it should re-open to traffic by 6 p.m. But around 4 p.m. they announced two lanes have been closed, and didn’t say how long they might stay that way.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is advising drivers to use alternate routes in the meantime.
January 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM
A water-main break in downtown Port Townsend has closed Highway 20 this morning between Washington Street and the state ferry terminal.
Traffic is being rerouted on city streets around the flooding and no delays are reported on ferry crossings.
City public works crews responded to a report of a water-main break around 3 a.m. today near the Tides Inn on Water Street. Claudia Bingham Baker, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said city crews are still searching for the source of the break. It’s not known when the highway might reopen, she said.
August 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Traffic should return to this closed lane of First Avenue South sometime Thursday night, now that utility crews have replaced a century-old piece of broken water main.
This picture shows crews filling the sinkhole with “controlled density fill,” a slurry of soil and fast-drying cement, on Wednesday morning. The mix needs one day to cure, said spokesman Andy Ryan of Seattle Public Utilities. After that, transportation workers will lay blacktop, which needs four to six hours to harden, he said.
Until then, one northbound lane of First Avenue South remains closed between South Massachusetts Street and Edgar Martinez Drive South.
The break, discovered around 1 a.m. Tuesday, happened lengthwise in a 16-inch diameter water main, where SPU fastened a 16-foot long replacement pipe.
A city traffic camera, linked here, shows soil residue and detouring traffic in the area.
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