Water main break interrupts commute


Problem resolved about 5 p.m.

Urbana Police direct traffic at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Scioto Street Wednesday. A water main break interrupted the morning commute for many travelers.

Urbana Police direct traffic at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Scioto Street Wednesday. A water main break interrupted the morning commute for many travelers.


Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen

Urbana police closed off a portion of Scioto Street Wednesday to deal with a water main break at the intersection of Scioto and Jefferson Avenue.


Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen

A water main break at the intersection of Scioto Street and Jefferson Avenue interrupted traffic Wednesday.


Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen

An elusive water main break forced the closure of most lanes of traffic at the intersection of Scioto Street and Jefferson Avenue Wednesday morning. City of Urbana Water Superintendent Robert Munch reported it was repaired about 5 p.m. and that a boil-water notice would not be needed.

He said the break was detected at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Urbana police rerouted traffic, closing down all but one lane of traffic on Scioto and Jefferson.

By noon, water officials were continuing to dig up the intersection. Munch said there are a number of water mains under that intersection, so finding the specific one leaking was difficult.

At around 3 p.m., water department employees opened up more of the street on the south end in the hope of finding the leak.

Urbana Police direct traffic at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Scioto Street Wednesday. A water main break interrupted the morning commute for many travelers.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/09/web1_Water-main-21.jpgUrbana Police direct traffic at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Scioto Street Wednesday. A water main break interrupted the morning commute for many travelers. Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen

Urbana police closed off a portion of Scioto Street Wednesday to deal with a water main break at the intersection of Scioto and Jefferson Avenue.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/09/web1_Water-main-31.jpgUrbana police closed off a portion of Scioto Street Wednesday to deal with a water main break at the intersection of Scioto and Jefferson Avenue. Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen

A water main break at the intersection of Scioto Street and Jefferson Avenue interrupted traffic Wednesday.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2015/09/web1_Water-main-11.jpgA water main break at the intersection of Scioto Street and Jefferson Avenue interrupted traffic Wednesday. Brenda Amlin | Urbana Daily Citizen
Problem resolved about 5 p.m.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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