JAMESTOWN – A water main break Thursday evening under the South Main Street Bridge should not delay the long anticipated opening of the bridge and should be repaired before the weekend, according to Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County Director of Public Facilities.
“Based on what we know now, we do have it uncovered, there was a break in the line and it looks like we should be able to get it repaired today,” Bentley told WNYNewsNow Friday morning. “I do not anticipate any impact to the November 30 anticipated opening at this time.”
Bentley went on to say the bridge was not damaged by the break.
“There’s no damage to the bridge itself. It just ruptured underneath the bridge approach to the sidewalk, so, all things considered it’s probably minor damage,” he said. “As anticipated right now, we expect to get the line repaired. We do have it uncovered, they’re working right now to get the parts in place. It’s only a minor amount of work, all things considered.”
The cause for the break should be determined once the main is fully uncovered, he said.
The main was turned off by 9 p.m. Thursday. Parts of the bridge had about 5 inches of water on it as it ran off toward the intersection of South Main and Harrison Streets.