All Lanes Open After Water Main Break

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CLEVELAND --All lanes were opened on I-90 Sunday night after a water main break.

Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the water main break shut down I-90 at the E. 55th Street exit in both directions. Traffic was backed up for hours as crews worked to fix the problem.

The entire incident made for a dangerous driving situation.

"Pretty amazing, I have never seen the Shoreway stopped like that," said Alan Henry, who witnessed the scene.

"The ground had risen up and all you see is water main break, the water burst out," said Desmond Dancy, who was also there.

Cleveland Police tell Fox 8 that the water main break caused so much confusion for drivers.  As a result, there were accidents and several drivers got stuck in the mud.

Authorities believe the water was a few feet high in some areas, especially on South Marginal Rd.

As of Sunday night, traffic was flowing just fine.  All lanes are back open and people are also driving up onto the exit ramp.

According to John Goersmeyer with the Cleveland Division of Water, the break is suspected to be the result of Saturday's heavy rain. Goersmeyer says the ground is really saturated, which may have had something to do with the problem.

The 12-inch water main is currently turned off. Once the water recedes, crews will begin to drill test holes in the main to see where the break occurred.

The break is affecting three businesses and one apartment complex. Crews expect to have the area patched up sometime Sunday night.

Goersmeyer says S. Marginal Road is muddy and messy from the incident and asks that drivers avoid the area.

At this point, they are still investigating.

1 Comment

  • Kevin B.

    Even though there is no good time to have this happen at least its not a weekday just before rush hour with freezing temperatures. For those caught in this mess , i hope you get around this quickly and get to where you are going “somewhat” on time.

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