A water-main break that turned the intersection of Camp Lowell and Swan into a river Wednesday was still being patched that night.
Tucson Water said that a contractor that was working in the area and boring under the intersection hit the 12-inch main about noon. Local residents and businesses either lost water or saw the water pressure drop significantly. Water service returned after the broken section of pipe was isolated and other sources were diverted to the customers.
Southbound Swan Road was closed between Camp Lowell and Fort Lowell Roads for the entire afternoon and evening. Northbound traffic could not turn left on to Camp Lowell. Drivers were advised to avoid the intersection.
Tucson Water had to first pump out the water in the hole around the pipe, then remove excess dirt from around the pipe. Shoring was used to hold back the dirt walls of the hole and to keep it from collapsing while workers were inside it to work on the pipe.
Tucson Water expected the intersection and the roads to be back to normal in time for the morning commute. Area businesses were ready to get things back to normal.
"Our hope is by late tonight we'll at least have the work done, the break repaired, and at least a temporary patch over things so that traffic can return back to normal in the morning," said Fernando Molina, spokesman for Tucson Water.
"Pretty much put a damper on business for the afternoon. Hoping this evening won't be as bad. They're diligently working out there to correct it, so, hopefully people will still come by," said Stephen Hurd, owner of Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar.
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