Water main break impacted traffic on McKnight Road for much of Tuesday

PITTSBURGH — A portion of McKnight Road was partially blocked due to a water main break throughout much of Tuesday.

The break of a 16-inch pipe shut down the northbound lanes between Braunlich Road and Siebert Road, near North Hills Village, Tuesday morning.

When our crew got to the scene of the break just before 4:30 a.m., water was bubbling up from beneath the road.

By 6 a.m., the water was shut off. Around 7 a.m., one northbound lane was reopened.

About two dozen businesses were without water and people who live in the area woke up to brown water.

“Just a bunch of brown sludge coming out of the faucet,” said Ed Klein, who lives in Ross Township.

For others, the break caused some plumbing issues.

“The toilet spit up at [his daughter] and she was freaking out because the sink was sputtering water as well. So she was a little scared about that. She was worried,” said Dean McColloum, another Ross Township resident.

The water company has cleared debris from McKnight Road and repaired the break. The roadway reopened just before 3:30 p.m.

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