Liberty Rd. water service expected back today

Work to repair broken main continues in Randallstown

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March 28, 2006|By KELSEY PERKINS | KELSEY PERKINS,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM

Repairs continued today on the water main break on Liberty Road in Baltimore County, and service should be restored to 23 businesses and homes still without water by this evening, officials said.

The main, which ruptured yesterday afternoon in the 9300 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown, was removed today and crews were working to replace the damaged section, said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which maintains the water service for much of Baltimore County.

After the pipe is replaced and the hole is filled, county road crews can pave the road and reopen the section between Chapman Road and Burmount Avenue. Kocher said to expect the southbound lanes to be opened first because they were closed to accommodate heavy equipment that will be cleared after the main is repaired.

Crews discovered this morning that the pipe, which measured 12 feet in length and 20 inches in diameter, had a 6-foot long split. Kocher said that this type of longitudinal break is unusual and that it is more common for breaks to occur where pipes join together.

Officials speculate that the cause of the rupture was an old flaw or weak spot in the pipe that eventually gave way.

Some people may notice cloudiness in the water when service is restored, but Kocher advised letting it run and said it should return to normal.

Originally published March 28, 2006, 1:46 PM EST

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