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Repairs under way for Quincy water main that broke Tuesday

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 28, 2012 09:54 AM

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Quincy’s Department of Public Works is working to fix a water main issue on Adams Street, which ruptured shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The 16-inch water pipe was installed in 1894, and was in an area that is currently undergoing work to replace all utilities in the area.

According to DPW Superintendent Larry Prendeville, National Grid has already replaced its main trunk line from Furnace Brook to the Milton town line, with Quincy now in the process of replacing the water mains.

As if on cue, the main broke right before it could be replaced.

“We’re in the process of laying the pipe next to it and the lead joint on the old main became loose and ruptured last night,” Prendeville said on Tuesday night.

The work is being done in preparation for a repaving of the road, to come next spring. The entire project is part of the mayor’s Gateways of Quincy plan, which targets major entryways into the city to be rebuilt.

According to Prendeville, 100 people in the area lost service; however, water was restored by 10 a.m.


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