Busy Pittsburgh road shuts down for hours after water gushes from broken line

PITTSBURGH — A busy road was shut down Wednesday morning after a massive water main break in the St. Clair section of Pittsburgh.

A portion of Becks Run Road near East Carson Street was blocked after a water line broke on Mountain Avenue and Wagner Avenue around 2 a.m. Police reported the road started buckling.

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According to Pennsylvania American Water, the road will open to normal traffic around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials outlined traffic schedules for the respective roadways starting Thursday:

Becks Run Road (Between Wagner and East Agnew Avenue)

  • 7/23/20 – 7/25/20: Traffic will be restricted to alternating lanes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and then will return to normal use.

Wagner Avenue (Between Becks Run Road and Mountain Avenue)

  • 7/23/20 – 7/28/20: Traffic will be restricted to alternating lanes between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. The roadway will be closed from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It will return to alternating lanes from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and then return to normal use.

When a Channel 11 News crew got there, they saw a geyser shooting from the ground and running off the road and down a hillside.

There were about 95 customers without water following the main break.