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EUGENE, Ore. - A 70-year-old cast iron water main broke overnight, forcing repair crews to close streets on the southside of downtown.
By Wednesday afternoon, crews realized they had a bigger job on their hands than just fixing a broken pipe.
While conducting repairs for the initial rupture, EWEB crews determined the entire section of 75-year-old pipe needed to be replaced as soon as possible.
Crews will replace about 175 feet of cast iron pipe with more durable ductile iron pipe, EWEB said.
The project will take approximately two weeks and will require the closure of westbound 19th Avenue between Oak and High streets during construction.
Additional traffic impacts will include the closure of the west lane of southbound Pearl Street between East 18th and 19th avenues, as well as the left-hand turn lane on northbound Amazon Parkway.
Hours of work will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flaggers will direct traffic and assist motorists.
Because the lane closures are near South Eugene High School, EWEB suggests school traffic use alternate routes during the project to avoid delays.
The main broke before midnight at 19th Avenue and Pearl Street.
Crews were on site throughout the night. EWEB crews on site estimate repairs and clean up will continue until late Wednesday afternoon.
No customers or fire hydrants in the area are without water service during the repairs.