BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Crews have fixed a water main break at Packard Rd. and Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls, but work on the road remains.
Traffic in the area started getting diverted around 3 a.m. It was expected to return to normal patterns by 3 p.m. although barrels will still be present in the intersection overnight while the concrete cures.
Niagara Falls Water Board crews completed the repair on the broken water main within hours of digging up the intersection.
“The guys did a fantastic job finding the leak, and getting in there and getting it fixed quickly,” said Bill Wright, the Superintendent of Outside Operations for the Niagara Falls Water Board.
Wright told News 4 work had to begin overnight when there was no traffic at that intersection so crews could listen for the leak to know exactly where to dig. Once they got to the affected part of the line, they realized it was going to be a relatively simple fix.
“It was a crack in the main. We got a stainless steel repair clamp put on it,” Wright said. “We’re all good.”
The quick turnaround on this project was a change from other breaks in years past in the area.
Just before Christmas 2017, a 36 inch main broke up the street at Niagara Falls Blvd. and 47th street, and it took weeks to fix, leaving customers with low water pressure well into January.
“The companies that supply the concrete parts and concrete pipes they shut down for the month of December, so there was no way to get those parts,” Wright recalled.
In the case of this most recent break, no customers were affected and the fix was completed in a matter of hours.
Traffic disruptions were minimal, despite the heavy use of that intersection. Cars traveling east or west on Niagara Falls Blvd. and those traveling south on Packard Rd. were allowed to go straight through the intersection or turn right, but no left turns were allowed. Vehicles traveling north on Packard had to turn right at Niagara Falls Blvd. but were able to turn left at the next light on 47th Street and get right back onto Packard Road.