Two busy Tampa intersections have reopened this morning after crews finished work on repairing damage from broken water mains.
Early this morning, all northbound lanes of Dale Mabry Highway between Ballast Point and Gandy boulevards reopened.
A 15-inch water main broke on Monday night, flooding the intersection of Ballast Point and Dale Mabry. That pipe was fixed Tuesday, but road repairs prolonged the lane closures.
Also, the two outer southbound lanes of Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place have reopened. The lanes closed after a 12-inch transmission line broke on Tuesday, flooding the intersection and lifting and buckling pavement.
Brad Baird, the city’s water department director, said he did not think the pipe breaks in downtown and South Tampa were related but were likely due to what he called “water hammer,” a shock wave that travels through a pipeline when major pumps are activated.
Tampa averages eight pipeline breaks a day in its 2,300-mile system.