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Light Street water main repairs to be done by Aug. 20

Nearly a month after a 20-inch water main burst downtown, buckling pavement on Light Street near Redwood Street, city officials say repairs are expected to be completed by Monday.

Department of Public Works’ workers working to repair the damage caused by the July 16 break near the city’s waterfront say that the work will wrap up by Aug. 20. Originally, city officials had estimated that the repairs on the two-block stretch of Light Street from Baltimore to Lombard streets would take about three weeks.

Shonte Eldridge, a DPW spokeswoman, said Monday the total cost of the emergency repairs had not yet been calculated.

“We want to thank all of the surrounding business, residents, and commuters for their patience during the Light Street water main construction,” Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx said in a statement Monday. “Although it took more time, we truly believe a holistic approach was the better solution for the repair.”

Foxx said the work required replacing the 20-inch broken pipe that was first installed in 1889 as well as putting in a new 10-inch main nearby underneath Redwood Street that had not been ruptured, but was replaced as a precautionary measure.

The work took place seven feet below the road surface along Light Street and has led to weeks of closures on the busy thoroughfare and detours downtown for commuters.

Repaving the streets is expected to take place this week after all of the pipe replacements have been completed, Foxx said.