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Roads Still Closed after Mpls. Water Main Break

Posted at: 01/03/2013 2:52 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 8:49 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Minneapolis officials say roads are still closed in Minneapolis’ North Loop after a water main break flooded streets. Water pressure is back to normal for most residents and businesses.

The water is safe to drink, according to officials. As service resumes, anyone who sees cloudy or discolored water is advised to let the water run until the discoloration goes away.

The city says about a half-dozen buildings were without water until repairs could be made.

Those buildings were in the area of Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North, where private contractors working on a development project at Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North hit and ruptured the 36-inch water main around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

City crews worked overnight to repair the ruptured transmission line that serves a large portion of the city. The broken line was isolated from the rest of the system, allowing water pressure to return to normal.

About 14 million gallons of water flowed out of the system following the break, officials say.

A parking garage in the area of the break flooded with about five feet of water, according to a maintenance worker. Water service disruptions reached as far away as Lake of the Isles and Uptown.

Ryan Companies said its subcontractor, United Sewer and Water, was doing work in the area when the line ruptured. No one was injured in the incident, and the site was evacuated.

Traffic Impacts

As the water drains from the street, sanding and grader crews are preparing Hennepin Avenue to reopen, the city says.

Hennepin Avenue remains closed between Washington Avenue and Main Street, not including the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and it is not expected to be open for the morning rush hour. The bridge is open for traffic between Northeast Minneapolis and Nicollet Island. Drivers can take the bridge to downtown but will be rerouted.

The following streets are currently closed. The city says they will be reopened as quickly as possible.

The following blocks are only open to local traffic for now:

Business Impacts

Thursday evening's performance of 'The Servant of Two Masters' at the Guthrie was canceled due to the incident. Dozens of downtown businesses closed their doors for the night due to the water service disruption.