A busy section of North Main Street in South Boston remains closed this week as crews work to replace a 30-foot length of 12-inch storm water drainage pipe.
Danny McCormick, South Boston public works director, said Monday town maintenance crews are excavating the site of last week’s water line breakage located at the intersection of Moore Street and North Main Street in preparation for the installation of the storm water drainage pipe, in addition to a concrete structure known as a “curb throat.”
McCormick added the excavation would be covered and base stone spread after the pipe is installed. He anticipated North Main Street would re-open to traffic short-term, possibly by the end of this week, before an asphalt contractor is called in to complete the project.
McCormick estimates that 50 tons of asphalt will be needed to complete the project.
The time it takes to complete the project depends on many factors, including weather, McCormick said.
The intersection of North Main Street and Moore Street has been closed to through traffic since last Wednesday, after an eight-inch cast iron water line ruptured.
Halifax County Service Authority crews replaced the damaged section with a valve and AWWA C900 PVC pipe, according to Mark Estes, HCSA executive director.
Estes estimated the water main was installed in the 1940s or 1950s, adding that customers did not go entirely without water during the time repairs were made.
Full service was restored around 8 p.m. last Wednesday, Estes said.