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Water service shut off, road damaged due to water line rupture

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 18. 2018 11:19PM
A water main break at Bridge and MacGregor streets in Manchester on Monday was complex to fix, crews said. They were hoping it might be repaired by that evening. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — Water service knocked out by a ruptured line to the sprawling Mill West complex was expected to be restored by Tuesday morning.

Water Works Director Phil Croasdale said Monday he could not provide a specific time for when water service would be restored or when closed lanes of the Bridge Street Bridge might reopen, but that he was hopeful that the water would be back on sometime in the overnight hours.

The water break was noticed early Monday morning, prompting the city to close the eastbound span of the bridge, where the leak from an 8-inch diameter pipe undermined the roadway, Croasdale said.

The city’s highway department will have to repair the road once the ruptured line is dealt with.

“It’s going to take some time,” Croasdale said, predicting the bridge lanes may not reopen before this morning.

The pipe that ruptured supplies a fire hydrant at Mill West. Croasdale stressed that that service line is owned by Brady-Sullivan Properties and is being repaired by them. Manchester Water Works is turning off valves when necessary and making sure the work is done to specification, Croasdale said.

City health director Tim Soucy said no residents were evacuated from the building despite the lack of water service.

“Our department isn’t involved at this time,” said Soucy. “If a restaurant was involved, we would make sure they have access to water in the kitchen or other areas, but we haven’t heard from any residents there.”

Water for kitchens, bathrooms and showers at Mill West had to be turned off about 1 p.m. to accommodate repairs.

Tim Rollins, supervisor for Hooksett Paving Co., which was hired to repair the Brady-Sullivan line, said it is a difficult job.

“Hopefully it will be up and running by this evening. There are many obstacles,” he said Monday.

Croasdale said repairs have been completed to a 6-inch underground water main on Langdon Street, which opened Saturday and created a sinkhole about 25 yards long that swallowed up several cars. Croasdale said Saturday’s water main break was unrelated to the water service issue at Mill West.

Union Leader photographer Allegra Boverman and staff reporter Paul Feely contributed to this report.

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