Water Main Break Forces Detours in Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A busy Stateline street is expected to be shut down for the rest of the night after a water main breaks during a major construction project.

Rockford city crews say vibrations from trucks caused the 100-year-old pipe to break, along South Main Street. The area has been closed off near Lincoln Avenue as crews make emergency repairs.

Surrounding neighbors don’t have to worry about their water being shut off, Main Street is now closed.

South Main is shut down from Lincoln Avenue to Island Avenue. Detours are already set up and traffic is being detoured.

“We’ve had several water main breaks in this area because of the vibration of the heavy trucks and just the construction itself has been vibrating and we have a 100-year-old water main in this area. We are going to replace that when we get to the other side of the road,” said Director of Public Works Tim Hanson.

Hanson says from what he has seen today, he feels South Main should be open tomorrow. A gravel patch will sit in the Main’s place, since the Street will be re-done on the 18th.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Traffic will be closed on South Main Street possibly up until Thursday, due to a water main break.

Rockford will be detouring area traffic until the emergency repairs are completed in the 1600 block of South Main.

Traffic will be detoured on Main Street from Morgan Street to along West Street onto Marchesano Drive. Work is expected to be done sometime between the next three to five business days.

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