Water main break deluges Northern Parkway Damage prompts road closings for morning rush hour

April 15, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Water main breaks sent thousands of gallons of water cascading over Northern Parkway yesterday morning, disrupting traffic at the intersection with Falls Road and leaving the surrounding neighborhoods with discolored, little or no water for a few hours.

Vanessa C. Pyatt, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Public Works, said the main at Northern Parkway and Falls Road was repaired by noon and the one at Woodbourne Avenue and Loch Raven Boulevard by late afternoon.

Damage to roads will affect morning rush-hour traffic. Closed will be Woodbourne Avenue between Hillen Road and Loch Raven and eastbound Northern Parkway between Falls Road and Roland Avenue.

Officials said they did not know what caused the 24-inch water line to break about 8: 30 a.m. One of the larger lines in the area, it helps serve the Northern Parkway area from Falls Road to York Road, said David Montgomery, a public works spokesman.

Manager Peter Bieneman was tending plants at Green Fields Nursery at Falls Road and Northern Parkway when he heard what sounded like crashing cars. When he went to look at Northern Parkway, Mr. Bieneman said, "the water was gushing." He called 911.

The break occurred just east of the intersection in the eastbound lanes, flooding the road with 4 to 6 inches of water.

For about two hours, Northern Parkway was closed at Falls Road and traffic was rerouted to Cold Spring Lane.

By 11 a.m., westbound Northern Parkway was open, Mr. Montgomery said. The eastbound lanes remain closed while crews repair the break and a hole in the road.

Until midday, residents north of Northern Parkway from Falls Road east to Cedarcroft reported low pressure and water discolored by dirt mixing in.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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