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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Water surges from a main break Friday morning on State Boulevard just west of Kentucky Avenue.

Water main breaks pester city

– Major water main breaks continued to snarl traffic Saturday, gushing water and closing some major thoroughfares.

State Boulevard, where a water main broke Friday, remained closed Saturday between Parnell and Crescent avenues and was expected to remain closed through today. Officials said the water main there had multiple breaks.

A water main break Saturday closed East Rudisill Boulevard between South Hanna and South Monroe streets. Repairs there were completed by 9 p.m.

Sherman Boulevard was restricted to local traffic only between West State and Spring Street for much of the day Saturday. That break was repaired, and traffic reopened around 4 p.m.

The city blamed the repeated breaks on the severe winter, which has pushed the frost line deep into the ground, sometimes below the level of water lines, causing them to break.

The city normally has 400 to 500 breaks a year, but this season there have been up to 14 a day. Most can take six to 15 hours to repair.