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Water main break closes Route 31

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:26AM



ELGIN — For the fourth time in little more than a year, Route 31 was closed Thursday to through traffic on the city’s northwest side.

The busy route, called State Street in Elgin, was closed from about 10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. between Big Timber Road and Wing Street as city crews worked to repair a broken water main. Traffic was detoured to North McLean Boulevard between Big Timber and Wing during the work.

It was at least the third water-main break to shut down Route 31 in that area in the past 15 months. Last February, crews installing a traffic signal struck a main, and in October 2011 a main broke, with both mishaps also flooding the road.

Route 31 also was closed between Big Timber and Wing for 10 hours on the night and morning of Dec. 11-12 after a car knocked over a utility pole near Schiller Street.

Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said Thursday morning’s pipe break happened within about 100 feet of where the last break happened, near the Petroliance oil depot and State Street Market.

It was unclear whether their causes were connected.

“At least this time there is no major buckling of the pavement,” he said. “Last time the water created a ridge about 2 feet high.”



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