Park City waterworks break damages sidewalk and road
A water main broke along a busy Park City street Tuesday night, sending a large amount of water into the road and a parking lot, and leaving damage that was visible the next day.
The break forced a temporary service shutoff to businesses in the vicinity of the problem section of pipe. Kyle MacArthur, the water distribution manager for the Park City Public Utilities Department, said the shutoff lasted several hours and impacted businesses in Snow Creek Plaza and several other businesses nearby. He said no residential properties were believed to have been impacted by the shutoff.
MacArthur said tens of thousands of gallons were lost in the break, but a precise figure was not immediately available. The break, located at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Snow Creek Drive, was reported at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A crew isolated the section of pipe where the failure occurred and rerouted the water system around the section. They were at the scene until about midnight.
MacArthur blamed the break on aging infrastructure. He said he anticipates a section of the pipe will need to be replaced. The pipe is buried up to eight feet below the ground.
The Park City Police Department responded as well. In an online posting, the police said officers found “a large amount of water coming from under the sidewalk and street” when they arrived. The water flowed into the nearby parking lot, the police said, noting that damage was not reported to buildings or other private property. The Police Department also said officers and firefighters attempted to divert the flow away from structures.
There appeared to be at least several inches of standing water visible along Kearns Boulevard on Tuesday night as the police and the Public Utilities Department responded.
The damage was highly visible during the daytime hours on Wednesday. Heavy machinery and a dump truck were at the site for the repair work. A section of sidewalk and a lane of Kearns Boulevard traffic were closed. The site was barricaded. The heavy machinery lifted large sections of damaged sidewalk or road surface and put them into the waiting dump truck.
The force of the water buckled a small section of street and caused at least one bad crack in a sidewalk. The water flow deposited a layer of dirt on a pathway and a large puddle remained just off the roadway.
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