Water main break closes portion of Seventh Avenue in central Phoenix


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 9:15 AM

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PHOENIX -- Crews reopened one northbound lane of Seventh Avenue Wednesday morning after a water main break turned the street into a virtual river near Interstate 10 in Phoenix.

The break happened near Willetta Street Tuesday afternoon. Northbound Seventh Avenue was closed south of McDowell Road and north of I-10.

Officials said a 20-inch pipe from the 1940s somehow ruptured, causing the road to buckle. Crews spent the night digging up the road so that they make repairs.

As crews worked through the evening, they kept a close eye on the storms and lightning. The monsoon storm that swept through caused some work delays.

Crews were able to open one northbound lane shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Even though the actual repair work should be finished by late Wednesday, the remaining northbound lanes of Seventh Avenue between the I-10 and McDowell Road will likely remain closed for most of the day.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the I-10 exits to Seventh Avenue are open, but northbound traffic is restricted.