Aug. 03–MANATEE COUNTY — A second water main break on Manatee Avenue on Friday forced the closure of the county’s adminstration building and slowed downtown traffic in the process.
The original break occurred on Thursday when a directional drilling contractor from Frontier Communications appeared to have drilled through a 10-inch water main. The leak was isolated and eventually stopped, but a second problem arose Friday, according to Manatee County Public Works Director Jim McClellan.
“It appears that an end cap on a different water main in that hole has dislodged, likely due to the surrounding soil having been removed by the prior water main break,” McClellan said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “We are working to isolate that line now.”
The success of that endeavor was not known Friday evening. Jeannie Roberts, communications coordinator for the city of Bradenton, could not be reached for comment.
After the first leak was announced on Thursday the city said it would take two weeks to repair it. The outside lane on Manatee Ave. West from Eighth Street West to 10th Street West will be closed during that time, as well as the right turn lane from Manatee Avenue W. to 10th St. West.
Manatee Avenue W. will be closed from Ninth Street W. through 10th St. West this weekend, the city said.
The Manatee County Administration Building closed at noon Friday after the second severed waterline downtown cut off water to the structure.
Public services in the Administration Building, such as the Building and Development Services Department, Veterans Services and the State Attorney’s Office were not available for the remainder of the day.
The Building and Development Services’ North River Annex remained open for normal hours.
Sorry, folks. Admin Office is closed for the rest of the day. Another downtown waterline break has cut us off water to the building.pic.twitter.com/zehJYS1aug
— Manatee County Gvt (@ManateeGov)August 3, 2018
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