Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Water Main Break Along I-96

The Detroit Free Press reports here, and the Detroit News reports here that a 48" water main broke along the I-96 service drive in Redford Township on Saturday [March 7, 2009], and flooded a 2-mile stretch of the freeway.

George Ellenwood, a spokesman for the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD), said I-96 was reopened by noon, but Schoolcraft will remain closed between Beech Daly and Inkster until repairs are completed early this week. Excavating crews were at the scene and expected to work throughout the weekend.

The immediate cause of the break was not known, although it cold be part of a pattern of breaks related to DWSD's aging infrastructure. In July, 2007, portions of the same water main that broke Saturday broke near Livonia, and flooded I-96.

Saturday's water main break also comes less than a week after the Detroit Free Press published an article (here) breathlessly entitled that "Water Mains are a Ticking Time Bomb" which noted that --

"Brittle and badly aging water pipes are lurking beneath many metro Detroit communities and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to repair or replace over the next decade."

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