RALEIGH — An early morning break in a city water main closed Wade Avenue in both directions for most of the day Tuesday.
Police reported the break about 1:30 a.m., and crews completed repairs on the 8-inch pipe by about 9 a.m. Efforts to reach the broken main left three large holes in the road, and water from the break created damage below the asphalt that also needed repairs.
Police detoured traffic around the closed stretch, which had reopened by 5:30 p.m.
Andy Brogden, Raleigh's water distribution superintendent, estimated that about 50,000 gallons of water was lost as a result of the break. Brogden said residents in the area did not lose water service, though water pressure was reduced for 16 customers.
The expansion and contraction of the ground with the arrival of cold weather was likely a factor in the break, Brogden said. It was the kind of break that is common in the city's system of underground pipes, some of which date to the 1920s.