DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A water main break in Dallas released enough water to stop traffic and close one street for at least a day.
The 24-inch water pipeline burst on Beckley Avenue, under the Commerce Street Bridge, around 7:30 a.m.
“The possibilities of the failure could be corrosion, electrolysis that occurs there, it could be ground shift,” explained Randy Payton, with Dallas Water Utilities.
According to Payton, each year Dallas spends about $100 million on pipe replacement.
“Dallas has an aggressive approach in replacing its pipelines annually,” he said.
It’s expected to take a full day, up to 20 hours, to repair or replace the pipe.
There are some 5,000 miles of pipeline running through the city of Dallas.
Payton said it’s unusual for larger pipes to break and that the 24-inch pipe on Beckley is, “…a reliable pipe. Generally, like I said, it only fails once or twice a year — throughout the system.”
The large size of the burst pipe will require more manpower to repair/replace it. The break has caused an “interruption” in water service at three area businesses.
Until repairs are made the southbound lane of Beckley is closed. Traffic is being redirected onto Commerce.
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