Massive Water Main Break Sends Water Onto Roosevelt Boulevard

All of the center lanes on Roosevelt Boulevard have been reopened following a massive water main break that caused police to close the entire road in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

The inner lanes between Red Lion Road and Grant Avenue in the Bustleton section of the city were closed during the evening rush. Officials announced the lanes were reopened shortly before 8:30 p.m.after repairs were completed. Crews will return at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to pave around the repairs.

The 16-inch water main broke around 6:30 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see water covering all lanes of traffic as cars slowed to a near halt as police diverted traffic off the road.

Traffic backed up in the area as the gushing water froze on the roadway.

Crews used road salt to melt ice and get part of the road reopened.

SEPTA also detoured its 1 and 14 bus routes during the morning rush.

No residents or businesses in the area lost water service, said Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.

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