Update: 9:25 p.m. – According to Fort Worth Water Department spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza, the water main repair wrapped up at 6:45 p.m. The street was reopened by 9:15 p.m.
But the repairs are temporary fixes, she says, and a contractor will have to replace the brick street restoration work at a later time. Our original report is below:
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Tourists visiting Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards got to see a cattle drive and a major water main break all in the same morning.
Shortly before the daily drive of Texas longhorns the water main under Exchange Avenue burst, pushing the old brick pavement upwards.
Jennifer Welcome works in the area and said she couldn’t believe what she saw when she look out the window.
“Water came up out of the street and all the bricks started buckling,” she said.
The flow of water shut down Exchange Avenue just east of Main.
Fort Worth Water Department spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza said Monday morning water service to the area had to be turned off. Now the question is for how long.
“I normally could probably tell you it might take four to six hours, or three to fours hours, to do this kind of repair,” Gugliuzza explained. “But because we have to hand pick up all these bricks, I have no idea how long that’s going to take.”
By Monday afternoon officials said water service is expected to be restored and the street reopened by 10 p.m.
Several restaurants in the area have had to close, because they can’t operate without water service.
Many of the classic elements of the stockyards have been maintained and that means changing the scope of how repairs are made.
“Because of the historic nature here before we can actually start digging with a backhoe and get down to the main, we’re gonna have to hand pick up all of these bricks and set ‘em aside, so they can go back down when this is done,” Gugliuzza said.
Until repairs are completed drivers can use 23rd Street and Stockyards Boulevard for access to the area.
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