ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Utility crews in Arlington are repairing a leaky pipe, and work is going to have a long-term effect on surrounding traffic. The 42-inch water line is located in the median along West Green Oaks Boulevard, south of Arkansas Lane.

A resident reported the leak last Friday afternoon as water from the pipe was crossing the street. The city estimates that 5,000 gallons of water leaked out before it was taken out of service on Saturday. Ground shifting as a result of recent cold weather has been blamed for the pipe leak.

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Workers began fixing the pipe by excavating an area around it, but that created additional problems. While crews were digging in that area, soil underneath the pavement sloughed off and “compromised the structural integrity of the pavement,” the city said in a notice about the incident.

So now, in additional to the pipe repairs, workers will also have to fix a portion of the pavement along West Green Oaks Boulevard.

Crews are fixing a 31-inch piece of the pipe on Friday and water is expected to be turned on again by Saturday. But the repairs are not having any impact on water or wastewater services to nearby residents.

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The repair work will require the northbound lanes of West Green Oaks Boulevard to remain closed for an extended period of time. All traffic is being diverted onto surrounding roads indicated by detour signs. One lane is staying open for local traffic only. Southbound lanes may also be closed temporarily for necessary repair equipment.

The city did not provide a timeline for when the repairs may be completed, and when the road might be opened to regular traffic once again.

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