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West Main Street in Belleville still closed by water main break

Construction crews prepare West Main Street for new asphalt after water main break

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West Main Street remained closed Friday morning between Lebanon Road and Granvue Drive after a water main break caused damage and partially flooded the road on Thursday night.

Crews had repaired the water main as of 7 a.m. Friday. If the rain holds off, the road could be reopened later Friday, said Baxmeyer Construction worker Derrick Gregson. Though the main was fixed, crews kept the road closed to repair a section of pavement damaged by the break, Gregson said.

Rain was expected to taper off Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The break caused buckling on both sides of West Main Street, prompting the closure. Fast-moving water was flowing down the street as of 7:35 p.m. Thursday.

Karen Cotton with Illinois American Water said the 12-inch main break had been isolated as of about 10 p.m. Thursday. About five businesses and residences were impacted by the break.

Dry soil and high temperatures may have contributed to the break, Cotton said.

Illinois American Water has been working with the city to figure out detours around the work site of the impacted area.

“Our team will be working around the clock to make repairs,” Cotton said.

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