Photo by Whitehorse Star
Photo by Whitehorse Star
City officials were advising motorists planning to travel down Mountainview Drive along Copper Road to take alternative routes after a water main break occurred there Sunday.
As it was highlighted on the city’s website and in social media posts Sunday afternoon:
“Water main break at 111 Copper Road, resulting in water in the northbound lane between Industrial and Tlingit Road. Crews will be working tonight and into Monday, February 11. Those who commute by Mountainview Drive to Downtown are asked to please take an alternate route.”
Geoff Quinsey, the city’s manager of water and waste services, said this morning the situation was reported to the city by a member of the public in the area around 11 a.m. Sunday.
While the road was kept open, traffic was slowed with the pylons put in place.
A more significant closure may occur once the city starts digging as part of the repairs.
“The excavation for repair may require a one-lane closure and detour, but we will avoid that if possible,” Quinsey stated in an email correspondence.
“There is significant ice build-up in the gutter along Copper Road, especially approaching the Copper/Tlingit Rd. intersection. Drivers are asked to take alternate routes if available, and proceed with caution on Copper Road.”
Transit is continuing to operate its route through the area as scheduled.
Approximately eight businesses in the area have been impacted and are without water, though are continuing to operate.
As Yukon Brewing informed customers via social media Sunday: “Due to a pipe burst in the area, we currently have no water here at the brewery. We unfortunately are not able to do pints and growler fills at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience! We will update once the situation has been resolved.”
Quinsey said crews would continue to excavate today “in hope of completing the work all today.”
Whether it can be finished, though, will depend on a number of factors. Those include what is found when crews reach the pipe, the amount of ground water there is, the temperature through the day and the amount of work needed to deal with the water on Copper Road.
Depending on the situation with those factors, Quinsey said, work may have to continue into Tuesday, though officials are hopeful it can be completed today.
It’s not yet clear what caused the break. As Quinsey said, that may be more clear once they get to the pipe through the excavation.
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