Officials say more time needed for Old City water main break repair

John McDevitt
February 20, 2020 - 8:47 pm
Repair work on Third and Arch Streets after a water main break in January.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Water Department is now saying more time is needed for repair work after a water main break last month at Third and Arch streets in Old City. Detours around the intersection will remain in place through March.

At the busy intersection at Third and Market streets, there are signs saying that businesses are open. At times, you see cars going in both directions on the one-way street.  

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If you head one block north to Third and Arch streets, you'll find that it's blocked. That's where a water main broke on Jan. 7.

E-mails and hand-delivered letters on the progress of the repairs are on their way to residents and businesses owners. 

"My God, now you are telling me the end of March. I don't know what I am going to do," said Jay Lodaya, who owns a souvenir shop on the block.

Businesses in the area have been fairly quiet, he adds. 

"It's never just a quick immediate thing," said department spokesman John DiGiulio.

He says the road will need to be closed for an additional week or two than originally planned for.

"We approximated this would be eight weeks. It's most likely going to be nine or 10," he added. 

The water department says there are partner utility agencies working on the repairs too, including PECO and Verizon.    

Copy of letter sent to residents and businesses in Old City.
KYW Newsradio

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CORRECTION: An earlier version misstated the intersection where the waer main break is located.