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Town crews repair broken water main

By Alex Bridges

FRONT ROYAL -- Town crews restored water service to users early Wednesday after working overnight to repair a break in a main supply line on North Royal Avenue.

The northbound lane in the 800 block of North Royal Avenue remained closed at noon Wednesday so that workers with the Department of Environmental Services could patch the road at the site of the break.

Front Royal police received reports of low water pressure in the area at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Town Manager Steven Burke.

"We attribute the break ... to significant temperature change," Burke said Wednesday.

The town lost an estimated 600,000 gallons of water through the line break and 3,000 gallons per minute at peak flow, according to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Services.

Customers in the western side of the town's service area experienced reduced water pressure, the release stated.

The street maintenance division anticipates installing temporary pavement placed in the northbound lane on Wednesday, according to the release. Crews plan to install concrete at the site Thursday and permanent pavement on Friday, the release notes.

The department advised motorists to plan their travel in the area accordingly.

The rupture, which occurred near the curb on the north side of the road, forced water up through the pavement and into the parking lot of an adjacent car dealership.

The dealership owner, who was contacted by police, moved some of the vehicles from the area to allow workers easier access to the break, according to Burke.

Crews closed the block to traffic and detoured motorists to nearby Commerce Street and 8th Avenue. Workers excavated the area around the break, found the rupture and began making repairs, Burke said.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com


These crews deserve a bit pat on the back, they are often called out in the middle of the night. Sometimes they work with waste water also, so you know how that goes.

I agree with shendoah1. The town crews who are asked to go out day or night on short notice to repair & provide services to town residents are an amazing bunch. This also includes the electric and streets dept personnel. They are working with no raises...and I for one have not seen one iota of difference in service! Kudos to the crews!!!!

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