Vine St. Expressway back open after icing from broken water line in Philadelphia

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Ice from water main break shuts down Vine St Expressway
Vine St Expressway reopens following water main break: Bob Brooks reports on Action News at 5:30 p.m., January 7, 2018

CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- All lanes are back open after ice from a broken water line forced authorities to shut down a section of the Vine Street Expressway in Center City Philadelphia.

The break happened at 5 a.m. Sunday in a water line at a parking garage at 17th and Callowhill streets in Spring Garden.

Action News is told water from that line spilled down onto the expressway, forming a sheet of ice.

Ice shuts down Vine St. Expwy: Gray Hall reports during Action News Mornings on January 7, 2018.

Police shut down the expressway in both directions from 8th Street to 23rd Street.

Video from the Action Cam showed traffic being detoured off the highway before dawn Sunday.

Vine St. Expressway closed: Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on January 7, 2018.

Meantime, Philadelphia Water Department crews responded to the source of the gushing water.

"We believe it's a water main break on an 8- or 12-inch pipe," said John DiGiulio of the Philadelphia Water Dept. "We're working to determine that."

PennDOT crews arrived on the expressway and began salting and removing the ice.

Vine St. Expwy. back open after icing problem: Bob Brooks reports during Action News Mornings on January 7, 2018.

City crews also responded to the neighborhood around 17th and Callowhill and worked to mitigate the ice buildup there.

For neighbors around the scene, morning walks and errand runs had to be taken carefully.

"Considering how cold it is I'm a little worried about driving around on it," said Kelsey Little. "But it looks like they dumped a ton of salt."

The westbound lanes of the Vine St. Expressway finally reopened to traffic shortly after 8 a.m.

The eastbound lanes were back open by 9 a.m. No accidents or injuries were reported.

Vine St. Expressway back open: Bob Brooks reports during Action News at Noon on January 7, 2018.


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