Updated 06/22/2012 10:40 AM
Water main repairs cause traffic delays Downtown
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Crews are working to repair a leaking water valve in Downtown Austin.
The repair is at Cesar Chavez Street from Congress Avenue to Red River Street. Officials say all traffic will be detoured until work on the 24-inch water main is completed.
In order to fix the issues, Austin Water is initiating a three-part emergency plan which has them installing two bypasses at Brazos Street and Trinity Street.
Austin water is communicating with affected area businesses but say water service disruptions to the area should be minimal.
"We can't go in directly to fix it because if we do we're going to take that 24-inch offline, and that's going to knock out water service to quite a few businesses and residences in the area. So, we are installing two bypasses. We are going to connect the north to the south without being connected to the 24-inch. So, when we take the 24-inch offline to repair it, no one should lose service," Austin Water spokesperson Jason Hill said.
Officials expect traffic issues to continue until the work is completed.