Water main burst knocks out service to I-10 area businesses (PHOTOS)

Pipe burst

Public Works Director Wayne Steele observes as water is pumped out of the excavation around a burst 1960s water main along State Road 85 near the Applebee's restaurant.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 06:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A water main burst Wednesday afternoon near the Applebee's restaurant north of Interstate 10, temporarily resulting in the closure of the southbound State Road 85 right lane.

The almost 50-year-old 8-inch PVC pipe was installed in the late 1960s to service the Holiday Inn, one of the first businesses to open south of the interstate, said Public Works Director Wayne Steele at the scene.

PHOTOS: See seven photos from the work site here>>

Nearly 20 Public Works crew members are working to replace the damaged pipe. The broken section is estimated to be about six feet long.

As workers pumped water out of the excavation around the broken pipe, other workers shoveled dirt that had washed down the hill out of Applebee's parking lot.

Steele said if work progresses smoothly, the pipe should be replaced by 8 p.m.

"This is the third break in this area in two years," Steele said. "It's old and brittle pipe."

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