Freezing Temps Likely Cause of Water Main Break That Shut Down Manchester Road
Water crews are still working to repair a water main break that made for a messy morning on Manchester Road, west of Interstate 270. American Water says they are on schedule to have it repaired and all lanes open by evening rush hour.
UPDATED: 2 p.m. Monday-
Traffic is now moving in the area, but not after a water main break reportedly buckled Manchester Road earlier in the day due to a water main break.
Many of the businesses in the area are still without water in the area around Mason Road.
According to FOX 2 News, water crews were called to the break near the Manchester Meadows shopping center just after 5 a.m. Monday. That location is just west of Interstate 270 on Manchester Road in St. Louis County.
Missouri American Water tells Patch, the line suffered a 12-inch diameter beak early Monday morning that had a stretch of Manchester Road closed west of Mason Road for hours while crews worked to fix the beak.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, crews are still working to repair the line, but westbound Manchester Road is still closed.
"They are on schedule to get it all finished up and reopened in time for rush hour traffic this evening," Margaret Forsee with American Water tells Patch.
Late Monday morning, the road had reopened, but there are were still lane closures in the area.
The freezing temperatures may be the likely be the cause of the break.
"With the cold temperatures we get a lot of breaks this time of year," Forsee said. She said the water is traveling through 20 to 100 year old pipes underground. "It's common for them to break under the stress of this cold weather."
Check back to Town and Country - Manchester Patch for any updates throughout the day.
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