SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The water main that broke in downtown Springfield Wednesday afternoon dates back more than 100 years, when William Howard Taft was in the White House.
Joyce Mulvaney of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission told 22News that the 12” cast iron main was installed back in 1911. Wednesday afternoon’s break at Main and Bridge Street flooded both streets and left behind a giant sinkhole. Power was lost at nearby Tower Square, and the adjacent Marriott hotel has been closed; its guests transferred to the Sheraton.
Mulvaney says that Springfield Water and Sewer crews have restored water service to all buildings affected by the break, but the work on the broken pipe itself continues. That work will have to be finished before repaving work can begin- something Mulvaney says is not expected to be finished for several days.
Until that work is done, Main Street is closed from Boland Way/Harrison Avenue to Worthington Street, and Bridge Street is closed from Dwight Street to East Columbus Avenue.