Westbound Northern Lights remains closed Wednesday following waterline break
Updated at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8
Morning commuters had a tough go Wednesday, as the intersection of Northern Lights Boulevard and Bragaw Street was still closed to traffic after Tuesday’s waterline break.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) advised drivers to detour on Boniface Parkway, either north to Debarr Road or south to Tudor Road. Officials expect the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard will be opened up around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The break has caused “severe road surface damage,” according to a morning release from AWWU spokesperson Chris Kosinski. Repairs have begun on the road, but traffic is not expected to resume until Wednesday evening.
A spiral fracture in a 12-inch cast-iron water main roughly 13 feet below ground caused the leak, according to a statement from AWWU.
In a Wednesday morning release, Kosinski stated a six-foot section was cut out and replaced with ductile iron. He added the main — that runs east to west — was back in service at 3:15 a.m.
According to an Anchorage Police Department alert late-Tuesday morning, APD closed the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard just after Bragaw Street following the water main break.
AWWU had not received any reports of homes in the area being affected by the break and the cause is still being investigated, Kosinski wrote in an email Tuesday.
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