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Third Avenue reopened following operation to repair watermain

The break occurred on a section of cast iron water pipe installed in 1956 (centre), which was replaced with a new section of plastic main, seen here in blue. City of Prince George photo

A section of Third Avenue between Victoria Street and Brunswick Street has reopened to vehicular traffic following an operation to repair a water main that burst yesterday evening near the intersection of Third and Victoria.

The burst main flooded the nearby streets and sidewalks and resulted in a temporary loss of water service to properties in the vicinity.
The break occurred on a cast iron water pipe installed in 1956. City crews were able to get the water shut off by about 7:30 p.m.

Crews then began an excavation and worked throughout the night to replace a 1.5 metre section of the aging pipe with a new plastic main.
Crews turned the water back on at approximately 2:00am this morning and finished repairing the excavation at about 3:45am.
The city anticipates that the excavated section of road will be repaved next week.

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