Main bursts in downtown Pittsburgh, flooding road

January 3, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A water main has burst in downtown Pittsburgh, sending a waterfall onto a busy stretch of Interstate 376 downtown.

The break occurred about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority crews shut off the flow about two hours later. Despite that, water continued to flow from the break area below Fort Pitt Boulevard onto the highway which runs parallel to the road but about 15 feet lower.

Parts of Fort Pitt Boulevard and adjoining streets have been closed, along with the Mon Wharf parking lot next to the highway..

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has sent salt trucks to the area in an attempt to keep at least one lane of the highway open as morning rush hour temperatures hovered near 10 degrees.



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