Water line collapse causes 60 foot hole in road

6:46 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Part of a street collapsed Thursday morning in north St. Louis.

Todd Waelterman with the St. Louis Streets Department says around 9 a.m. they were notified of a large hole in the roadway on North Broadway near North Market. He says the hole was caused by the collapse of a private water line for a fire suppression system.

The hole is in the southbound lanes of the road and is approximately 60 feet long and 10 feet wide. An Ameren Missouri conduit and Laclede Gas line were damaged in the incident. A hole was also created in a nearby sewer.

A contractor has arrived at the scene to work on repairing the damaged water line. Gas has been shut off to the damaged gas line. When the water line is repaired, Ameren Missouri, Laclede Gas, and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will come in to make their repairs.

The hole is expected to be open for up to two weeks. Right now, North Broadway is completely closed in both directions between North Market and St. Louis Avenue. Traffic is being detoured going one block to the west.

Crews hope to have one lane open in each direction on North Broadway by the weekend.


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