Water line repaired but the road work has just begun

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/10 4:07 pm Published: 2/09 9:48 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Just two blocks from Sunday’s newly-ruptured water line at 21st Street and Yorktown Avenue, crews are continuing their work this week at the scene of a major water main break near 21st and Wheeling Avenue.

The line itself is fixed but FOX23 found out there's still a huge task ahead for workers.

The ruptured pipe is a 16-inch water line.

When it broke Saturday afternoon, it sent water gushing onto the road, causing massive damage the roadway. Tulsa city crews say that's why the repair efforts will take weeks.

"This has been one of the worst we've had this winter," said City of Tulsa Water Distribution Manager Rick Caruthers.

City of Tulsa water crews have completed work on a water line break at 21st and Wheeling near Utica Square.

But the work is far from over.

The scene Saturday was of water overtaking the road and Tulsa police blocking traffic.

City of Tulsa water distribution manager told FOX23, "This is a 16-inch line, when a 16-inch line breaks, it’s a lot of water and a lot of damage."

Crews worked Sunday to backfill the hole with 12 inches of rock, then 8 inches of concrete, but it won't end there.

"The water undermined quite a bit of this road so there's probably about 150 feet of this road, 21st Street that's going to have to be replaced," said Caruthers.

Weather permitting, the repairs on 21st Street will start Monday morning.

"The forecast sounds like it may not cooperate, but we will be working continuously until we get this street back replaced,” said Caruthers.

And city workers ask drivers to be understanding.

"People traveling through this area need to be patient and come through as slow as they can for the safety of themselves and our workers please."

Caruthers told FOX23 traffic will be reduced to one lane on 21st between Utica and Wheeling for at least 10 days and it could be up to two weeks while they work to repair the entire affected section of the road.

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