Frigid temps, old pipe contributed to massive Utica water main break

The problem was discovered around 6 a.m. Tuesday, and was fixed by 4:30 Wednesday morning — that's almost 24-hours on the job in the cold.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 7:32 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 5:17 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Water authority crews have fixed the massive water main break in Utica, and now it's the Department of Transportation’s turn finish up the next phase of repairs.

The DOT says the frigid remperatures, coupled with the age of the pipe caused the break. 

The problem was discovered around 6 a.m. Tuesday, and was fixed by 4:30 Wednesday morning — that's almost 24-hours on the job in the cold.

The contractor for the Route 5S project and DOT maintenance are in inspecting the roadway. They have to clean it up and perform the necessary work to get the road open for traffic.

“Due to the water main break, as you can see there’s quite a hole there. Not only do the crews need to get to the break itself, but the water undermined the roadway. Now that the main is repaired we are assessing that area along with the entire area that was flooded out to make sure the entire roadway is in good shape,” said Jim Piccola, a state DOT spokesperson.

In addition to the water main repair, National Grid was on site reapplying insulation to the existing gas line before the fill was put in.

This area has been under construction since last spring. The state DOT says the section of pipe that broke was never exposed in the construction process, but was scheduled to be replaced as part of this project.

At this time Oriskany Street from Broad Street to Genesee Street is closed in both directions. Most traffic is being rerouted down Broad Street, to the AUD's Adirondack Back Center.

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