• Several blocks of Strip District street remain closed days after water main break


    PITTSBURGH - Crews are still working on Smallman Street in the Strip District days after a water main break turned the road into a river, leaving some drivers stranded and forcing businesses to close.

    While the water receded by Wednesday morning, several blocks of Smallman Street remained closed while repairs are made. The street between 14th and 17th streets will be closed for at least three more weeks.

    Officials said the break occurred in a 36-inch line on Smallman Street at 15th Street Tuesday evening. 

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    A Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority spokesperson said water service to 12 buildings was impacted at one point. Service has since been restored.

    On Tuesday night, Waterfront Place was among the areas that flooded. Some vehicles were left stranded, and several restaurants -- including Lidia's and Gaucho -- had to close because there was no water service.

    PWSA said the new 36-inch pipe will be delivered to crews Friday for repairs.

    Since the break, PWSA said 120 truckloads of debris have been removed from the site as crews have been working nearly  



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