Water line break closes major south Charlotte intersection ‘until further notice’

A water line break flooded a major south Charlotte intersection on Friday afternoon.

Traffic was being diverted at Pineville-Matthews Road and Johnston Road after water gushed into the intersection at about 3 p.m. The cause of the break was not immediately known, although Charlotte Water crews were on scene repairing a water main, the Charlotte Department of Transportation said at 5 p.m..

Johnston Road between Pineville-Matthews Road (Highway 51) and Carmel Road is closed in both directions to all through traffic.

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained, while CATS will be affected, according to the department.

The water caused major backups in a heavy traffic area near South Mecklenburg High School and Charlotte Catholic High School.

All southbound traffic on Johnston Road was being diverted onto Pineville-Matthews Road.

Charlotte Water urged drivers to use alternates routes, including Lancaster Highway, Providence Road, Rea Road and Gleneagles Road #clttraffic.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak