Cockeysville main breaks

York Road traffic is detoured

area businesses without water

May 18, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS AND LAURA BARNHARDT | NICK SHIELDS AND LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTERS

A broken water main that temporarily shut down a portion of York Road continued last night to affect traffic in the Cockeysville area.

The early morning break closed York Road in Cockeysville from Wight Avenue to Beaver Run Lane, and traffic was detoured. One lane of the road was reopened during the afternoon to northbound traffic, but other lanes remained closed as repair work continued into the night.

Officials said they were hoping to open one side of the road to two-way traffic.

The 12-inch water main in the 11000 block of York Road broke about 3 a.m. yesterday, Baltimore public works officials said. The break caused a 20-foot-by-20-foot portion of the road to partly collapse.

Public works officials said that the water line in that block has broken seven times since 2002.

Yesterday's water main break left at least seven businesses without water, officials said. One of the businesses was Valley View Farms, a large garden center on York Road. But workers there didn't have to worry about wilting annuals or parched plants. The center used water from its farm in Long Green Valley, filling three 550-gallon tanks, said Tim McQuaid, store manager.

Staff transported pumps normally used in the center's water garden to the greenhouses so the plants could be watered, he said.

However, the garden center had to close its deli and its restrooms. McQuaid said, "Thank goodness it wasn't on a weekend when we're really busy."

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