PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A major water break in Lawrenceville caused major traffic disruption Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE (November 3, 22): As of 8:53 a.m. Friday, PWSA said it believes water service will be restored around noon today.
Water was gushing out of a hole in Butler Street, cascading down the hillside like a waterfall after the 42-inch main had broken. The landslide happened right in front of the Pittsburgh Collision.
“I walked out and the water splashed up the fence about 10, 12 feet in the air, and that’s something I’ve never seen before,” said owner John Lynch.
Crews can be seen driving through high water to reach the rest point. Other vehicles blocked traffic.
Allegheny County tweeted that the road was “compromised. It is closed from the 62nd Street Bridge going towards the zoo in Baker Street.
Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville): Massive breach – 6,200 blocks of Butler Street with compromised roadway; The road is closed from the 62nd Street Bridge going towards the zoo at Baker Street.
– Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) March 10, 2022
The 62nd Street Bridge was closed at Butler Street but has since reopened, although motorists were unable to turn right onto the street. Shaler Police said the bypass uses 28th Street south to the 40th Street Bridge.
The 62nd St Bridge is OPEN now, but you cannot turn right onto the Butler St Detour. using Rt 28 south to Exit 3A (40th St Bridge).
Expect delays in that area.
– ShalerTownshipPolice (@PoliceShaler) March 10, 2022
Crews began repairs just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday. If everything goes perfectly, the break can be rectified after a week.
But for now, the cleanup is underway, including by Lynch and others. The water didn’t enter his shop, but it did inundate his warehouse across the street. Next to Lynch was Rolling Pepperoni.
“The road blew up,” said owner Katherine Schuler. “We all felt the shaking and it sounded like a giant explosion. People ran to the street, the water overflowed the sidewalk. I was worried that we would flood.”
Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Currently, some homes are without water, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said. But crews are expected to work around the clock until the job is completed.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/11/stanton-heights-butler-street-water-main-break/ Huge Main Dam Flooding Butler Street in Lawrenceville – CBS Pittsburgh