Beach-Area Streets Reopen Following Main Breaks

A thoroughfare that flanks Sea World and one of Pacific Beach's central boulevards reopened Friday afternoon, a day after water-main breaks left them flooded and torn up for repairs, authorities reported.

Ingraham Street just north of West Mission Bay Drive -- the site of the more severe of the two pipeline failures -- was available again to southbound motorists by 2:45 p.m., according to the San Diego Water Department.

About 2 1/2 hours later, traffic was flowing again on two of the road's northbound lanes, SDWD spokesman Arian Collins said.

All affected routes in the area -- including a northbound connector from Sea World Drive -- were expected to be up and running again by about 7:30 p.m., Collins said.

The roadways became inundated with water shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, when a 16-inch pipeline under the asphalt ruptured. The problem also left two nearby hotels and Sea World without working plumbing into the early evening.

It took crews about two hours to shut off the overflowing main -- an accomplishment that caused another problem, Collins said. The resulting increase in water pressure in the system caused a 6-inch pipe underneath Garnet Avenue, several miles to the northwest, to spring a leak.

The break flooded the east-west route near Fanuel Street.

A two-block stretch of the road was closed until about 2 a.m. Friday, Collins said. Water service to the immediate area, a row of bars, restaurants and other businesses, was restored at about the same time, he added.

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