State Street closed due to water main break

The intersection at State Street where Andrew Place and Pierce Street split is under construction because a 12-inch water line was accidentally cut by a fiber optic company.

Posted: Aug 7, 2018 11:46 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2018 4:44 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — State Street is closed heading into Purdue University's campus. The intersection of State Street and Andrew Place is closed because a water line was accidentally cut by a fiber optic company.

Around 3:20 Tuesday afternoon crews were called to fix the water pipe. The pipe rests underground and burst causing the pavement to give way.

Crews were on scene quickly due to construction already taking place around the area. Not only does the pipe need fixed, but new pavement needs to be put in place along with new lines drawn.

The breakage happened because the pipe had been marked incorrectly, according to West Lafayette Street Commissioner Ben Anderson.

He said there is never a good time for this to happen, but accidents do happen.

“When you are trying to find something that is eight feet deep underground and if you are off a little bit and you’re trying to go and thread a needle every inch matters,” said Anderson. “When we are talking about inches, we are talking about inches. They hit the bottom of the pipe and the rest is where we are now.”

The only business to lose water was University Bookstore. Anderson expects it to be all taken care of by late Wednesday morning.

Until then, the city is asking drivers to use Grant Street, North Street and Northwestern Avenue as a detour.

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