SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Tower Square is back open after being closed since Wednesday afternoon because of a major water main break in downtown Springfield, but it’s not back to business as usual just yet.
The water main break caused the office tower to lose power at around 2:30, and the building had to be evacuated. The adjacent Marriott hotel also had to close and move their guests to the nearby Sheraton.
Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource Energy, told 22News that as of 10:00 A.M., the power was back on at Tower Square. The building was re-opened for tenants at around 11:00 A.M. Office workers were largely not there, however, as the building’s doors were locked with parts blocked off by caution tape through the early morning hours.
Marriott General Manager Bill Hess told 22News that they have re-opened the hotel, and will be able to accommodate all their guests Thursday night. He said that Champions Sports Bar will be open starting at 4:30, but Currents restaurant will be closed for the night, reopening on Friday.
Drivers looking to get through Main Street should seek alternate routes. The entire area from Boland Way/Harrison Avenue to Worthington Street is closed. Bridge Street is closed from Dwight Street to East Columbus Avenue. Chris Cignoli of the Springfield Department of Public Works told 22News that you should expect the closures to remain in place until late Saturday.
Drivers are, however able to access all parking garages in the area, including the Tower Square garage.