Newburgh Heights water main break still impacting traffic - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Newburgh Heights water main break still impacting traffic

Harvard and East 49th intersection (Source: WOIO) Harvard and East 49th intersection (Source: WOIO)
For the 24" main break, Cleveland Water crews need to turn large valves, like the one pictured, 150 times to shut off water. (Source: Cleveland Water) For the 24" main break, Cleveland Water crews need to turn large valves, like the one pictured, 150 times to shut off water. (Source: Cleveland Water)
NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

More water woes in the same Newburgh Heights neighborhood continue to cause traffic problems.

On Monday, the intersection at East 49th Street and Harvard Avenue was closed, along with the right lane and exit on I-77 southbound, due to flooding from a 24" water main break. 

On Tuesday, while repairing that break, crews began experiencing more problems with gushing water. Officials are working to determine if the water is coming from a new break or the one currently being fixed.

There is one eastbound and one westbound lane of Harvard Avenue open. East 49th Street southbound from Harvard Avenue will remain closed until further notice. All ramps to I-77 have reopened.

Repair crews have isolated the break, but areas from East 93rd all the way to West 15th may experience low water pressure until the main is shut off and pressure can be cranked back up.

"In doing so, we've had to turn other valves back on, which is increasing the water flow from the original break," said John Goersmeyer with Cleveland Water. "Some of these valves haven't been turned in years and they are not operating correctly." 

Newburgh Heights Police say between 18,000 to 20,000 cars roll through this intersection daily. These closures have caused major traffic issues for the community and everyone driving through it.

"We have safety forces deployed on the other side of the bridge, because getting someone through here in a police car is going to be challenging. Cleveland EMS is through here often, so we had to divert them," said Police Chief John Majoy. 

Cleveland Water Department reps say there is no current boil alert issued. Officials say if the water is discolored, it is still safe to drink and use. To clear it, let your faucets run for a few minutes. 

It is unknown how long the closures and repairs will last.

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