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TRAFFIC ALERT: Road buckles on N. Main St. & Ardennes Ave. in Mishawaka

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 1:16 PM EDT
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - Right now, a traffic alert has been placed for the intersection at N. Main Street and Adennes Avenue in Mishawaka.

Part of Main Street is closed in Mishawaka after the road buckled due to a water main bursting.

It happened around noon when reports came in about standing water on Main street, and Mishawaka utilities promptly closed the road to avoid harm to motorists.

Crews are working to repair the line, but it could be a week before cars can travel on this stretch of Main Street.

“We’re not really sure why it occurred, I would say the age of the pipe, but this area is not as old as some of the stuff we have in town,” said Fabian Chavez, Construction Supervisor at the Department of Water for Mishawaka Utilities. “Which honestly, some of that stuff that’s over 100 years old, that stuff is solid, thick stuff. So, we don’t have problems just because it’s not that old, but as far as repairing it, yeah, we probably have to go find a good piece of water main, tie onto that, and then run it out until we get rid of the old, so that’s the part that we’re going to keep chasing it until we get rid of it before we turn it back on.”

City officials will determine why the break in the water main occurred, but residents who live around the 27 and 28-hundred blocks of Main Street will be without water until the project is complete.

“My wife and I have a travel trailer in our driveway,” said Mishawaka Resident Walt Buras. “We were leaving tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, we postponed that, and we just don’t want to risk trying to take the travel trailer out on here right now. The asphalt is a little bit spongy under there, but we’ll wait. It’s just kind of a pain in the tuchus, but what are you going to do?”

Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood suggests that residents use north-south roads like Grape, Hickory, Filbert, and Fir until construction is complete.

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