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Fort Worth water main could take weeks to repair

Fort Worth water main break could take weeks to fix.
Fort Worth water main break could take weeks to fix. Courtesy

It could take weeks to fix a ruptured 42-inch water main running underneath Interstate 30 and two service roads.

A contractor has been hired, and will use cameras in the pipe to assess the situation and find the break, said Mary Gugliuzza, Fort Worth Water Department spokeswoman. Water is flowing to customers through alternate transmission lines until the break is repaired, she said.

Details of the repair won’t be finalized until the contractor finishes assessment and makes a recommendation, she said.

“We’re probably going to end up replacing the 500 feet of pipe from one service road to another,” she said. “We’re not going to open-cut across the freeway."

Instead, the pipe will be pulled out segment by segment, she said.

The break happened at about 8 p.m. Sunday at the northwest corner of Interstate 30 and Beach Street and caused a loss of water pressure until the break was isolated.

Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220