Service restored after major water main break in Miramar

Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 11:22:28-04
MIRAMAR, Calif. -- Crews worked overnight to repair a water main break that tangled traffic and had left part of a bustling commercial district near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar without working faucets and toilets since Thursday afternoon.
The ruptured 16-inch-diameter concrete pipeline began flooding the roadway in the 7000 block of Miramar Road about 1:45 p.m., according to the San Diego Public Utilities Department. The problem forced lane closures in the heavily traveled area and left four blocks without water service but caused no reported structural flooding.
There was a delay in the repairs caused by a mistake regarding the size of the pipe. The city initially reported the pipe was 12-inches in diameter, but later revised it to 16-inches. The ruptured pipe was fixed by 5 a.m. Friday and water service was restored. 
However, Miramar Road lane closures were expected to persist for several hours Friday morning while crews patched up the buckled roadway. 
Only one lane of Miramar Road was open in each direction between Production and Distribution avenues.  The closure was expected to last through at least 8 a.m. Morning commuters were advised to take alternate routes. 
SuperNatural, a restaurant on Miramar Road, was one of many businesses which suffered due to loss of water service. The owner told 10News the restaurant Thursday evening that they were likely to lose a lot of dinnertime business, as they are unable to serve or prepare food, wash dishes or keep the restrooms running.