West Carson Back Open After Water Main Break

WEST END (KDKA) – West Carson street is back open after a water main break overnight.

According to officials, the break happened around 3:30 a.m. on West Carson Street under the West End Bridge.

Initially, crews believed they could get a handle on the situation very quickly and that only one lane of the road would need to be closed.

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority crews looked for the valve to turn off the water, only to find it was that exact valve that had broken off.

Water was still bubbling out of a manhole cover at 6 a.m. and West Carson Street was closed from Corliss Street to the West End Bridge.

By 7 a.m. the break had been brought under control and water had receded off the roadway.

After the water receded, all that was left was a cracked road, which buckled from the water pressure which has now been repaired.

Morning commuters had to be detoured, which led to a major back-up on Steuben Street.

“It’s been rough. I’ve been in traffic for about an hour, trying to get to school by nine o’clock,” Eric Wells said.

The line runs from underneath the West End Bridge to the 1500-block of Carson Street.

Luckily, no one initially lost water because of the break.


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  • Thomas J Duttine

    6 people with white hats walking around talking with clipboards, 6 people leaning on shovels, 2 directing traffic, 1 leaning on a traffic barricade, one running a backhoe and 2 driving dump trucks…..And everyone expected the road to be open by rush hour??

  • Marie

    Tell me why traffic cannot cime off west end bridge toward the rocks? If the traffic can flow from town towards mckeesricks, then the traffics should also be allowed to flow from bridge. No, they would rather detour people up onto stuben street making a bad situation worse!!! Let’s not forget about all the gas we are all wasting with this unnecessary detour! I called the mayors office around 915 am and this is still an issue at 630 pm. Guess that our tax dollars at work.

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