North Adams water main fixed, but 100 feet of Main St. road now need repair

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NORTH ADAMS — The water main that burst on Monday is repaired, but city crews were working on Main Street again on Tuesday fixing the damage left behind.

About 100 feet of road will have to be repaired after water burst through the street early Monday, according to Timothy Lescarbeau, the city's public services commissioner.

"That's probably the biggest headache of the whole job," Lescarbeau said.

Gates that help stop water flow and isolate a break in the water main failed, adding a layer of difficulty to the repair process, Lescarbeau noted.

"You want it off to make it safe to do the repair," Lescarbeau said.

The main feeds the East Main Street tank from the Reservoir Road tank, so residents on East Main Street were impacted by the break. However, once the water was shut off, service returned to normal.

Main Street was closed to eastbound traffic throughout the day on Monday. The rightmost lane remained closed on Tuesday.

The line that failed is believed to have been installed in the 1930s, according to Lescarbeau.

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