YORKVILLE, NY (WUTR-TV) — Crews from the Mohawk Valley Water Authority and the State Department of Transportation were on scene Monday morning of a fairly large water main break near the intersection of Oriskany Boulevard and Whitesboro Street.
“It is a little bit bigger than your average water main break,” says Patrick Becher, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Water Authority. The water main break happened around 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Becher says he is not sure what exactly caused it. “When the weather is this dry, the ground is drying out. Sometimes the ground will shift and it will cause a little tension at the joint this one started right at the joint at two sections of the main and it started leaking at the old pipe just kind of fractured as the water started leaking out.”
The repairs are costly. “…from $30,000 to $80,000 perhaps higher. We won’t know until we get in and do a full inspection and see how much of it the existing pavement has to be removed… we will know a little more in the next two days or so,” says Becher.
Only four local businesses were affected. “The main is being restored right now as we speak, so they are back with water. They were out of water for less than eight hours,” says Becher. There is no need to avoid the area. There is only one open lane while heading westbound on Oriskany Blvd — it will be like that for overnight and potentially the next few days.