A water main break that has resulted in the closure of Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill is taking longer to fix than had been anticipated.
Brendan Schubert, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, said the time frame for repairing the leak, restoring full service to about a half-dozen homes and reopening the road is going to be extended past the initial 8 p.m. forecast.
Crews have been working around the clock since early Saturday morning when the leak of the 20-inch main line was reported.
The site of the problem is between South Craig Street and Morewood Avenue. Any customer who needs additional information can call PWSA Emergency Dispatch at 412.255.2423.
Mr. Schubert said an expected completion time will be announced this afternoon. While there's no official determination as to what caused the leak, Mr. Schubert said he believes it can be attributed to the many recent freeze-thaw cycles that cause the lines to expand and contract, weakening then fracturing.
He said the leak caused properties in the vicinity to experience low water volume as the level of the Squirrel Hill water tank was lowered due to the break. "By midday (Saturday) we were able to address most of those low volume issues," he said.
As of late morning today, about a half-dozen homes were experiencing problems. Traffic in the area has been impacted, as all lanes of Forbes Avenue have been shut down. However, detours have been posted and it is possible to traverse the area on those detours, Mr. Schubert said.
First Published February 27, 2016 10:24 PM