Water main break closes Meridian Street - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Water main break closes Meridian Street

The main break undermined the road surface causing a partial collapse. The main break undermined the road surface causing a partial collapse.
This picture from Chopper 13 shows the extent of the damage. This picture from Chopper 13 shows the extent of the damage.
Traffic slowed to a crawl after Meridian St. was closed. Traffic slowed to a crawl after Meridian St. was closed.

David MacAnally/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Crews continue to repair a water main break along North Meridian Street that led to some delays Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The Indianapolis Water Company says the break occurred Wednesday afternoon in a 12-inch pipe running under the Meridian Street Bridge over the canal at Westfield. The pressure of all that water caused the bridge roadway to buckle and break open.

The break did not cut off water to customers, but it did cut off something else.

Right after the lunch time collapse police closed off both southbound lanes at Kessler Blvd. The northbound lanes stayed open, but it disrupted direct access for some to Broad Ripple.

Then the city decided to shut down all lanes. It reamined closed through morning rush hour Thursday, and could stay closed later.

There are several ways to get around the water main break.

Traffic heading south to downtown can turn west on Kessler to Illinois, head south, and reconnect to Meridian using 56th Street.
  
Traffic heading north will meet an IPD officer at Meridian and Westfield Blvd. where cars will be diverted to Kessler. From there another officer will direct traffic back to Meridian.

The water company is also working on another water main break at the intersection of West Washington and Lyons Ave. The east bound lanes are open and the west bound lanes are being serviced by the turn lane. That break occurred around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning and is expected to take most of Thursday morning to repair.

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