Walnut Street Reopens After Water Main Break

It took a little more than a week for crews to repair street in busy shopping district

Center City shoppers got a rude and wet interruption to their holiday shopping due to a water main break last Saturday afternoon at 16th and Walnut streets.

Water from a broken 12-inch main buckled the asphalt and caused more than a week of repairs that forced traffic to be diverted from Walnut Street during the busiest time of year for many area businesses.

But at 4 p.m. Monday, the Philadelphia Water Department officially declared the street repaired and reopened to traffic.

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Sidewalks in the area remained opened during the repairs while traffic was diverted onto nearby streets.

The street opened with a little more than a week left before Christmas. Now if only shoppers can find an open parking meter...

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