Downtown Huntington water service restored as sewer repair continues

January 5, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Repairs continued Friday on a collapsed sewer line on 3rd Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington as West Virginia American Water crews worked to restore water to area businesses that lost service Thursday as repairs took place.

According to WVAW spokeswoman Laura Martin, the crews were installing a temporary line to divert the water away from the repair site. A new, permanent line will be placed once the repair to the sewer main is finished.

Service was restored to area businesses as of about 2:30 p.m. Friday, including Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, Le Bistro, The Cellar Door and Starbucks. The businesses had to close Thursday afternoon due to lack of water service.

Martin said it is a difficult project and three crews were working around the clock to restore service to WVAW customers.

Third Avenue around the site had to be completely closed as a result of the repair. According to Huntington Water Quality Board Executive Director Brian Bracey, the westbound lanes will be open this weekend and repairs will continue Monday, Jan. 7.

Bracey said the hole at the repair site is covered and the sewer is open and working perfectly. He said crews are expected to finish the repair within two weeks, including the installation of the permanent waterline.

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 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.

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