Water main being repaired downtown

City and Missouri American Water Company personnel discuss how to repair a ruptured irrigation line that flooded Missouri Boulevard under the High Street viaduct.

City and Missouri American Water Company personnel discuss how to repair a ruptured irrigation line that flooded Missouri Boulevard under the High Street viaduct. Photo by Julie Smith.

Crews from Missouri American Water Company are scheduled to work today to repair a water main that broke Monday at a busy intersection in Jefferson City.

The break occurred around 10:40 a.m. at Missouri Boulevard, near the High Street viaduct at the Truman Building parking lot.

Water company officials said they had to shut off water to work on the 8-inch main. No buildings in the area were without water.

The pipe provides water for irrigation of grass and plants in the state parking lot areas.

It’s believed the pipe may have cracked because of soil shifting which puts stress on pipes. This is something water crews have seen a lot of this summer because of long periods of hot, dry weather with little moisture.

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