By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While the thunderstorm didn’t last long Monday night as it swept through town, the damage it left behind will impact rush hour traffic for more than a week to come.

A nearly 100-foot section of the northbound lanes of Washington Boulevard was undermined by water and will have to be dug out and replaced.

In the meantime, Pittsburgh Public Works and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are trying to determine if it was simply too much water too fast, or if there is an underground problem.

“It could be some kind of a defect in the pipe itself that is preventing the catch basin from taking all the water and getting it into the system,” Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said.

He also said the two city departments will be working together to, “make sure everything is running okay underneath the ground.”

Once the pipe work is done, PennDOT will repave the road.

“Right now we’re saying that Route 8 in this area could be reduced to a single lane in each direction through next week,” PennDOT Spokesman Jim Struzzi said.

Roughly 25,000 vehicles use that road on a daily basis and Struzzi is suggesting drivers find an alternate route until the repairs are complete.


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