UPDATE: One lane in each direction opens on Mayo Bridge

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Mayo Bridge has been shut down in both directions this morning because of a water main break.

As of 11 a.m., the Department of Public Utilities opened one lane in each direction on the bridge. There will only be one lane open in each direction through Tuesday morning's rush hour. The bridge originally was determined to be closed for most of the day Monday.

The department said a cast iron pipe underneath the bridge has completely blown out.

This happened in front of Wise Recycling. The bridge was flooded, which prompted the closing.

"We know it's blown out because of the volume of water that we've seen," says Angela Fountain with the Dept. of Public Utilities.

The city says it had already identified the old cast iron pipe, as one that needed work soon.

"Clean them out and reline them with a thin later of cement that restores the pipe for another 50 or 60 years," says Fountain.

In fact, the pipe was actually worked on back in the 1980's, as well.

So, now crews "have to replace an entire section of pipe. This is different from a break which would only require a quick fix," adds Fountain.

Right now, despite the problem on the bridge on Monday, crews are working throughout the city to make sure other pipes do not break.

Now, problems like this could creep up again in other parts of the city simply because of the aging infrastructure in historic Richmond.

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