By Steve Lyttle
The water is running in neighborhood homes, but a portion of East W.T. Harris Boulevard will remain closed until Thursday morning for repairs, according to local officials.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities and the N.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that crews will need more time to make repairs in the road after a 12-inch water line ruptured Monday morning.
Earlier, officials said they hoped to have the closed portion of the heavily-traveled road -- north of Albemarle Road -- reopened later Tuesday.
But they say crews must replace a storm drain under the road and then fill the trench. They plan to repave Harris Boulevard on Wednesday and hope to have the road open again to traffic Thursday morning.
The detour is forcing thousands of motorists to find alternate routes, with most of them using North Sharon Amity Road.
The good news is that water service was restored to about 100 households in the area early Tuesday. On Monday, residents in the affected area were forced to use bottled water, and to find other places to take showers or wash clothes.
“Water pressure was restored at 12:43 a.m.,” CMUD’s Cam Coley said Tuesday morning.
The water main broke Monday morning, sending water across Harris Boulevard. For a while, residents in the area near Wallace Avenue and Delta Crossing Lane had limited water service, but that soon ended.
CMUD brought pallets of bottled water to the scene Monday evening, and a number of residents stopped and helped themselves.
Repair crews thought they had the problem solved around 10 p.m. But when they tested the line, they found a leak in a connection. So they went back to work, and got the repairs completed a few hours later.
CMUD says the nearby neighborhood is served by a single pipe -- the pipe that broke Monday morning.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107.
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