Normal water service restored in most of the area affected by water main break and is safe to drink
Water pressure has now returned to normal for the vast majority of residents and businesses affected by this afternoon’s water transmission line break at Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North, and the water is safe to drink. About a half dozen buildings in the immediate vicinity of the break are still without water service, and City crews will work through the evening and overnight to repair the ruptured transmission line, so water can be restored to those buildings. The structures currently without water are along 2nd Street North, from 3rd Avenue North to Hennepin Avenue. Once the main is repaired, the City will work with those properties to ensure that the water is extensively tested and safe before service is restored.
At about 2:30 p.m. private contractors working on development project at Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street North struck and ruptured a 36-inch water transmission line that delivers water to a large portion of the city. City crews isolated the broken water main from the rest of the city’s water system, so water pressure has returned to normal. Approximately 14 million gallons of water flowed out of the system as a result of the break.
For customers whose water service has been restored to normal pressure, your water is safe to drink. Some customers may see cloudy looking water as service resumes. If water appears cloudy or discolored, folks should let the water run until the discoloration goes away.
As the water drains from the street, City sanding and grader crews are out preparing Hennepin Avenue to reopen. For the time being, Hennepin Avenue remains closed between Washington Avenue and Main Street, including the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and it is not expected to be open for the morning rush hour. The bridge is open for traffic between Northeast and Nicollet Island.
There are other street closures and local closures of a few streets near the site of the transmission line break.
The following streets are closed at this time, and will be reopened as quickly as possible:
Hennepin Avenue from Washington Avenue to Wilder Street (on Nicollet Island)
2nd Street North from Hennepin Avenue to 1st Avenue North
1st Street North from Hennepin Avenue to 1st Avenue North
1st Street South from Hennepin Avenue to Marquette Avenue
West River Parkway from 4th Avenue North to Portland Avenue South
1st Avenue North is closed at Main Street (which normally flows onto the Hennepin Avenue Bridge)
The following blocks of street are only open to local traffic for the time being:
1st Avenue North from Washington Avenue to 1st Street North
2nd Avenue North from Washington Avenue to 1st Street North
2nd Street North, from 3rd Avenue North to 1st Avenue North
1st Street North, from 3rd Avenue North to 1st Avenue North
Published Jan. 3, 2013