Norman Bridge closed near boulevard following double water main break | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Motorists in the area of Norman Bridge Road and the Boulevard needing to travel on Norman Bridge will need to plan a different route at least through the end of the day Tuesday.
According to Montgomery Water Works, a water main on Norman Bridge Road at Davis Drive suffered two breaks this afternoon causing flooding in the area. Witnesses at the scene said "massive amounts" of water were bubbling up from under the streets.
Officials with Montgomery Water Works say the water on the roadway has to be cleared before any work can be done in the area. That's why Norman Bridge from East Patton Avenue to the Southern Boulevard is closed for the time being.
Officials say if it's merely just a hole in the main, they can put a band on the pipe, then repair the road. If they have to cut pipe, the repair will take longer. But first, they have to drain the water to get to the problem.
"These are old pipes," said Buddy Morgan with the Water Works. "It will probably be a while before Norman Bridge is back open."
The Montgomery Police Department has been asked to assist in detouring traffic at East Patton and the Boulevard, especially during Tuesday's drive home.
Water Works hopes to have Norman Bridge back open by 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Currently the Water Works does have a contractor lined up to complete the repairs as well as to strengthen the pipes in the future. The current pipes were unprotected and had been installed some time around 1952.