Water main break snarls traffic, hurts business

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - Crews finished work on an eight-inch water main that burst in Bellevue Monday night. Businesses had their water turned back on by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The break closed 120th Avenue south of NE 8th Street Monday during evening rush hour.

The line was sealed off in about an hour, and the street reopened shortly after.

However, water seeped into nearby businesses. Many of those businesses were left without running water for the night and had to close.

Throughout Monday evening, Bellevue utility crews worked to properly seal off the broken pipe.

A supervisor at the scene said it was too damaged to repair in one night.

The supervisor also said the cause of the break was road expansion in the area and old infrastructure.

Workers dug up the asphalt and dirt near an old water main. He said it burst when the material around it moved.

Utility workers re-routed water around the broken water main.

The owner of a salon said this is the second water main break he has dealt with since the construction started last year.

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