Madison crew works to repair break to 136-year-old water main

A water main break on East Gorham Street Friday morning hampered traffic, police said.

Madison police said the incident at about 4:45 a.m. forced a closure of East Gorham from North Blair Street to North Pinckney Street.

The Madison Water Utility said at about 9 a.m. that one lane on East Gorham was reopen as crews continue to repair the 136-year-old water main.

⚠️MADISON WATER MAIN BREAK
The break on E. Gorham St. has closed the road from N. Blair to N. Pinckney, @madisonpolice say. Madison Streets Dept. has been notified + crews are at the scene #news3

Thank you to Bill Brueggeman who sent this video of the area shortly before 7AM pic.twitter.com/kRROd341G9

— Tabatha (@TabathaWethal) January 18, 2019

The Madison Water Utility said a crew will be on East Gorham working on the repair, which could tak up to 6 hours.

Still working to reach the broken section of water main under E Gorham. The main was installed in 1882, the first year Madison had a water system. Repairs could take 4-6 hours. pic.twitter.com/xHIUeyZwng

— Madison Water (@MadWaterUtility) January 18, 2019

The break affected parts of the Dane County Jail on West Doty Street, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said. The water on the west side of the City-County Building had litte-to-no pressure and was discolored. Inmates were provided jugs of drinking water while the water was shut off for about 4 hours, officials said Friday morning. Water was restored at about 8:30 a.m. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said the water was slowly restored to the building to keep the dated pipes from bursting.

Water has been restored in the jail. It was shut off for approximately 4 hours. Inmates were provided jugs of drinking water during the maintenance.

— Dane County Sheriff (@DaneSheriff) January 18, 2019

Drivers were encouraged to find an alternate route during the morning commute.

The main was installed in 1882, the first year Madison had a water system, the utility said.

.@MadWaterUtility Crews will be on E Gorham all day repairing a main break. They hope to restore water service an open one lane later this morning. #News3 pic.twitter.com/1Jt6S0AHmL

— Mark Schilling NEWS3 (@Area_Photog) January 18, 2019

Madison crew works to repair break to 136-year-old water main

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