• Ruptured water line on Tates Creek Road caused by digging accident


    Emily Paynter, with United States Infrastructure Corp, checked for underground utilities before repairs are made to a broken water main that shut down Tates Creek Rd during the morning commute.

    The rupture of a water line that shut down Tates Creek Road early Tuesday started when a worker installing a pole nicked the line Monday.

    The rupture was reported about 4 a.m. Tates Creek Road was closed at Armstrong Mill Road and at New Circle Road until lanes were reopened about 10:30 a.m. The break occurred on inbound Tates Creek at the entrance to the Gainesway subdivision on Gainesway Drive.

    Repairs were completed Tuesday night, Kentucky American Water spokeswoman Susan Lancho said.

    According to Lancho and city spokeswoman Susan Straub, a contractor working for the city government nicked the line Monday with an auger while digging a hole for a new traffic signal pole. The line is buried 6 to 7 feet deep. When the water company was notified Monday, workers inspected the line and scheduled repairs.

    "It wasn't expected or typical, unfortunately," Lancho said. "It ruptured before we could make the repairs."

    It appeared that no customers lost water, but about 200 customers, including 35 homes on Tates Creek Road and part of the Saddlebrook apartment complex, experienced reduced water pressure and were under a boil-water advisory.

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