SALT LAKE CITY – Crews have been called in to fix a ruptured water main in Salt Lake City, just in time for the evening commute.
It closed the 900 south exit ramp to Interstate 15 northbound around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The pause sent gallons of water into the air.
Crews said they would likely be there until at least midnight to make repairs.
“I would say he must have been about 20 feet in the air,” said Andy Clark.
Clark lives nearby and was among thousands of drivers trying to exit I-15 at 900 South who ended up being diverted.
“I couldn’t tell if it was a water break or if someone had hit a fire hydrant,” he said.
What he could say was that something was seriously wrong.
Utah Department of Transportation officials tweeted, saying there would be delays.
NB I-15 at exit 900 S closed, Salt Lake Co.
East. Customs clearance time: 10:00 p.m.
For updates: https://t.co/jaVMw7vcLm
– UDOT traffic (@UDOTTRAFFIC) September 7, 2021
Crews said the six-foot hole, opened by the gushing water, will likely take some time to repair.
First, they will repair the water pipe, which they keep under pressure to avoid contamination, since it is culinary water.
Then the road itself will have to be rebuilt.
Clark said he had never seen anything like it before.
“I’ve heard of this stuff, but it’s usually when the pipes freeze, so being that time of year and how hot it is, that was quite surprising,” he said. declared.