Workers deal with four water main breaks in Albany County

December 15, 2017 01:49 PM

Workers in Albany County were taking care of four water main breaks on Friday. The water main breaks were all characterized as "minor."

The cold weather hasn't helped and may have contributed.

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A southbound lane of Route 9 in Latham near The Century House was closed while water pooled during the morning commute. Workers turned off the valve.

Even before they could get a shovel in the ground to fix it, another call came in on Consaul Road and Cresthaven Drive near the old Blessings Tavern, where two men and a jackhammer were drilling deep into the blacktop to find the break.

On Old Loudon Road near the first water main break was a patch job of a small water main break, topped off with new asphalt and a couple of cones.

The big problem was on Route 2 down the hill toward Watervliet. It caused a road closure halfway up the hill outside a dental office and near some pipes of the first two.

Repairs were expected to take several hours, but the breaks were all expected to be fixed by the end of the day.

The water commissioner used the word "vintage," when describing the pipes, saying a lot of them date back nearly 90 years.


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