Repair of downtown sewer main collapse causes complications

January 4, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Repairs on a sewer main collapse on 9th Street at 3rd Avenue in Huntington caused issues that led to the closure of several businesses in the Pullman Square area Thursday evening.

According to Huntington Water Quality Board Executive Director Brian Bracey, the repair to the sewer main line led to West Virginia American Water stepping in to divert water from the water main line. Crews worked on the issue and anticipated turning water back on by Thursday evening.

Affected businesses included Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, Le Bistro, The Cellar Door and Starbucks.

Ninth Street will be closed to traffic from 4 1/2 Alley to 3rd Avenue until the repairs are complete. Third Avenue will remain open to traffic flow in both directions, with slight traffic diversion at the 9th Street intersection. Conditions may change and additional lane closures may become necessary throughout the course of the repairs.

According to Bracey, the repairs are anticipated to last five to 14 days, depending on complications that arise from repairing the brick sewer line. The new line that will replace the collapsed brick is plastic.

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