Friday water main break snarls traffic in Soldotna

Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2011

A broken water main on the north side of the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna caused a partial road closure and lack of water for some area residents Friday morning.

The main busted around 4:20 a.m., Soldotna Utility Manager Rick Wood said. Wood was contacted by trooper dispatch after a trooper called in to report water running across the Sterling Highway near the bridge.

"I got the leak isolated from our system so we weren't pumping water out onto the highway through the broken main," said Wood, who worked until 1 a.m. Saturday morning with a group of contractors and city personnel to fix the main.

Wood said some residents down Funny River Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road were without water for about an hour on Friday. Two lanes of the Sterling Highway were closed and traffic was redirected through the remaining three lanes until reopening early Saturday morning.

Right now there is a graveled portion of the highway where the crew was working on the main. Wood said it will be cold patched -- a temporary paving -- as soon as he can find someone with the equipment to come in and do the job.

"Probably next week we'll go in there and cold patch it," said Wood, "and then this summer we'll have them go back in there, pull the cold patch up, and get a paving contractor to come in there and finish it up."

Wood said the road will be partially closed again during the cold patch, probably for about three to four hours.

-- Karen Garcia

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