COLLIER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — An early morning water main break shut down a busy road in Collier Township and caused a traffic headache for commuters and school buses.

Officials with Penn American Water say the 30-inch main burst around 3:30 a.m. along Thoms Run Road at the intersection with Price Road.

Work was completed around 4:15 p.m., and water was restored to approximately 60 customers who were without service.

Thoms Run Road is reopened to the public.

It was an inconvenience for Don Wright and his neighbors who don’t have water.

“It’s a small community here in Collier Township; it’s an inconvenience to a lot of people,” said Wright.

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Initially, repair crews had vehicles going up Price Road to get around the break, but soon discovered that is a dead-end street. Crews then moved the barriers farther up, forcing morning commuters to turn around in a nearby restaurant parking lot and find an alternative route.

Debris scattered across Thoms Run Road when the main burst.

The break also impacted a number of Chartiers Valley School District buses.

The district advised students who catch their bus at Price Road to wait near the Two Brothers Bar-B-Q instead.

Other buses impacted include:

  • Primary School #44
  • Intermediate School #51 and #56
  • Middle School #50 and #59
  • High School van #12

KDKA found out it was just a few weeks ago many people in the same area had to go without water because of another break.

“We had one on Presto-Sygan Road and it impacted us for 72 hours,” said Wright.