TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pittsburgh crews to begin road repairs in area of water leak

James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Work continues Friday afternoon at the corner of Wood Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard, Downtown, after water from a 12-inch line broke early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2013, spilling onto the 'bathtub' section of the Parkway East.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Work continues Friday afternoon at the corner of Wood Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard, Downtown, after water from a 12-inch line broke early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2013, spilling onto the 'bathtub' section of the Parkway East.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Work continues Friday afternoon at the corner of Wood Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard, Downtown, after water from a 12-inch line broke early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2013, spilling onto the 'bathtub' section of the Parkway East.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>Work continues Friday afternoon at the corner of Wood Street and Fort Pitt Boulevard, Downtown, after water from a 12-inch line broke early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2013, spilling onto the 'bathtub' section of the Parkway East.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Related Stories

Daily Photo Galleries

By Margaret Harding
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
 

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority crews expect to begin repairs on Saturday morning on two streets that were damaged by a water main break, snarling Downtown traffic for two days.

The break closed Fort Pitt Boulevard between Smithfield and Wood streets on Thursday morning. Wood Street was closed at First Avenue, and commuters could not use the Mon Wharf.

“The PWSA contractor will work through the night until water main repairs are completed,” said Tom Palmosina, director of water operations, on Friday.

Authorities discovered an 8- to 10-foot split in the 12-inch main line about 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Water poured onto the low-lying portion of the Parkway East known as “the bathtub,” between Grant Street and the Fort Pitt Bridge, for more than two hours during icy weather, closing one lane and causing traffic delays.

Some water seeped into nearby buildings, briefly trapping a woman in an elevator.

The water main is in a trench alongside a 20-inch gas line, so it required extensive hand-digging to repair, said water authority spokeswoman Melissa Rubin.

Equitable Gas workers had to make repairs to the gas line, Rubin said.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. State-owned universities spend millions in race to snare students
  2. McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
  3. Starting 9: Pirates missing out on young bat
  4. Innovation enhances Philadelphia’s history as Democrats convene, Pope Francis visits
  5. Pirates minor league report: Ramirez more mindful while at plate
  6. Pirates trust eye test when voting for all-stars
  7. Keystone Markers give insights about towns but have fallen victim to time, theft or traffic accidents
  8. Woman shot outside Kennywood Park in West Mifflin
  9. Locke pitches 8 scoreless innings as Pirates edge Indians
  10. Pittsburgh’s tech startup activity rates last of 40 metro areas in report
  11. Biertempfel: Loss of All-Star paper ballots a blow to nostalgia