North Broad pipe repair prompts main break, traffic detoured

NORWICH – Traffic along North Broad street in the City of Norwich was slowed during the Tuesday evening commute and later diverted by the New York State Department of Transportation to County Road 32 outside the city for both north and southbound through traffic.

According to City of Norwich DPW Superintendent Carl Ivarson, a water main failed while initial repairs were being made of a sewage pipe around the 100 block of North Broad at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

“This repair took longer than usual because it was made while the system was pressurized,” said Ivarson. “Normally we would shut off the water supply and then make the necessary repairs, but the goal was to keep the water on for area residents while making the repair, which we were able to accomplish.”

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