Broken main fixed, repaving of Argonne Drive delayed

December 19, 2009|By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com

Baltimore public works crews replaced a section of a water main quicker than expected Friday, a spokesman for the department said, after a major break flooded the 1600 block of Argonne Drive a day earlier.

Workers installed a segment of pipe to replace the broken cast-iron section, which was about 70 years to 80 years old, according to the spokesman, Kurt Kocher. Department of Public Works officials expected to be able to disinfect the pipe and return it to service by the early evening, he said.

"Somehow, through good management and hard work, it looks like this progressed faster than anybody anticipated," Kocher said.

If all goes as planned, the road was to be filled Friday night. Repaving would not begin, however, until after severe weather forecast for today has passed, he said.

BGE workers hoped to restore gas service to about 30 customers after a 6-inch gas main ruptured as a result of the water main break, BGE spokesman Rob Gould said. About 80 customers were affected by the break. Crews still needed to pump water and debris out of the line before gas service could be restored, Gould said. Then, workers would go door to door, relighting pilot lights at homes, he said.

"It's just a very lengthy and laborious process," he said.

BGE made arrangements to continue repairs despite the predictions of inclement weather today. Areas will be cleared of snow so crews can work, and additional staff will be brought in, Gould said.

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