SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Water main repairs are largely finished at the intersection of Main and Bridge Streets, but it could be several days before traffic is flowing as normal again in downtown Springfield. A 12” water main dating back to 1911 broke Wednesday afternoon, flooding streets, knocking out power to Tower Square, and leaving behind a giant sinkhole.
Joyce Mulvaney, spokesperson for the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, told 22News that as of Monday afternoon, their work is mostly done, but other utility companies still have work to do at the site as well. Final paving work, and the re-opening of Main and Bridge Street, is expected by Friday.
In the meantime, Main Street is closed from Boland Way/Harrison Avenue to Worthington Street. Bridge Street is closed from Dwight Street to East Columbus Avenue.
22News asked Mulvaney about how this major break will be paid for.
“Operations and maintenance budget covers a lot. It’s not something we budgeted for, this particular water main break per se, but we know what we can do with our operations and maintenance budget is just re-prioritize how we’re spending,” Mulvaney said.
The budget is funded by water and sewer rates, which means it’s separate from city taxes. She said rates shouldn’t rise for residents due to this particular water main break.
They will not have a cost estimate on the project for another week.