|Updated: 3/21 8:54 am
||Published: 3/20 3:03 pm
As early as 4:30 Thursday morning, a stretch of South Mingo road, in East Tulsa, was re-opened, preventing problems for most morning commuters.
Repairs to a ruptured water line beneath the lanes of South Mingo Road made it necessary for the city to close a stretch of Mingo Road, from 31st to 41st Streets while crews excavated the line and made repairs on Wednesday.
“They've been working on since 10:00 this morning. That, I know,” Casey Bierman told FOX23.
Bierman owns Fairway Auto Sales which is just a football field away from the ruptured line and right at the point where Mingo Road had to be closed.
“We just opened two months ago, so we're pretty focused on the drive by traffic. Trying to get people to come by see us, pull in, without anybody driving by it's going to be pretty hard to do,” he said.
The city says the drought is partly to blame for all of this mess.
“The soil is moving and shifting and constricting and causing pipes to bust,” Bierman said.
Across the street, the construction zone caught Joana Melendez’s eye.
“That was scary, that means it's going to take me a whole lot longer, and detour, and a lot more traffic through here,” she said as she gestured toward her neighborhood right next to the construction zone.
The traffic in her neighborhood because of a detour is an even bigger concern than the water line break.
“Unfortunately, there’s not speed bumps, so we get speeders as it is, so with detours we're going to get that many more.”
Joana says she and the kids will stay in Wednesday night and avoid the traffic headaches. She’s hoping the road will be ready by the time she wakes up on Thursday.
“(If it’s not ready) then, I'll be upset, because I am supposed to be enjoying half of spring break, but you get used to being in Oklahoma. I've been here all my life.
City of Tulsa crews told FOX23 they hoped to have Mingo road reopened by 7:00 a.m. Thursday but they finished before scheduled. And the road was re-opened before 4:30 a.m.