'It's about time': Center City community reacts to yearlong water main repairs

John McDevitt
June 14, 2019 - 3:34 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s been nearly a year after a massive Center City water main sent 15 million gallons of water into nearby streets causing extensive damage. Some streets still remain closed as crews continue to make repairs, but the good news, officials say, is that the project is in its final stages.

Crews continue to work along Sansom Street, near Juniper Street, where the 48 inch water main break occurred on July 3 of last year.

Take a look at KYW Newsradio's coverage from last year: 

PWD announces updated timetable: "We did the best that we could."

The main has since been replaced and the street is being prepped, as we hear from John DiGiulio with the Philadelphia Water Department.

"We are doing the milling in preparation for paving the streets, so we are milling right now, hopefully next week if the weather cooperates we will be paving," he said. "There are certainly a few items remaining some street lights, some traffic control stop signs things like that and we hope to be out of here, you know, in about a week." 

DiGiulio says the water department has been giving status updates at community meetings along the way and it gave an assistance grant to the Midtown Village Businesses Association.

The street closures have been a major inconvenience for businesses and their customers. One man, who asked to remain nameless and works for a nearby linen service, says he was happy to hear the news as he rolled a cart around the closure.

Reporter: “Are you going to be glad to see this open?”

“It's about time," he replied. "It's a lot of work, and with the street being closed, its even more work driving around, walking around. It’s about time."