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Repairs to broken water main to take 3 weeks

Public works officials say repairs to the broken 20-inch water main downtown near the Inner Harbor will take three weeks to complete.

Commuters are warned that rush hours are looking for bad for that time, but don’t have to be if drivers stay away from Light Street between Redwood and Lombard streets.

Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said Tuesday the broken main was installed in 1889. A connecting 10-inch man, built in 1914, did not break, but will be replaced as part of a proactive approach.

The mains are seven feet deep, and Kocher says there is a hollowed-out area on Light Street. The work will require a lot of excavating.

Temporary lines will be installed to get water to six businesses that lost water in the break.