Water main break by workers leads to train delays

May 09, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Workers installing fiber-optic cable in Relay yesterday mistakenly struck a city water main, causing a disruption to a commuter train line that is expected to last through this morning's rush hour, flooding a state park road and causing minor damage to a nearby home.

The break in the 36-inch main happened about noon, said Mike DeFilippis of Odesta Communications Inc., the company installing the cable. The flow was stopped about three hours later.

The biggest disruption is to train service along the line, which carries commuter and freight traffic. All train service on the Camden Line is canceled for this morning, according to a release last night on the state Mass Transit Administration Web site, www.mtamary land.com.

The MTA encourages passengers who normally board at the Camden Station in Baltimore to use the MTA light rail to travel to Penn Station. The MTA says that those who normally board at the Dorsey, Savage and Laurel Camden Line stations will be taken by shuttle bus to the Odenton Station on the Penn Line.

All southbound trains were canceled after the break yesterday, with buses ferrying riders from the Camden Yards station to the Greenbelt Metro station. Northbound travelers were able to take the train as far as the Dorsey stop and took buses from there. MARC had to cancel two afternoon trains.

Water service was not disrupted, but the break resulted in lower-than-normal pressure to customers, said Warren Williams of the Baltimore Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

One area home received minor water damage, and Odesta officials said a road in adjacent Patapsco State Park suffered erosion and was closed yesterday.

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