Greensboro Water Main Break Causes Delays, Detours

Replacing Greensboro Water Pipes

GREENSBORO - A water main break at Westover Terrace and Wendover Avenue caused some traffic delays for the better part of Tuesday. While the break itself has been repaired, both southbound Westover lanes are closed at Mill Street, but one northbound lane is open.  

On Wednesday, starting at 7:30 a.m, all lanes of Westover will be closed at Mill Street for asphalt repair, and those repairs are expected to be completed by 5:30 p.m. The city recommends drivers find alternate routes when traveling in this area. 

The following businesses on the west side of Westover Terrance were affected Tuesday:

  • Brooks Global Studies School 
  • Fire Station #5
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
  • Marus Marble & Tile Co
  • Mosquito Squad
  • Patriot Staffing

Drivers are being asked to use Wendover Avenue as a detour.

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Crews with the city's water department say the break likely happened due to aging pipes, and dropping temperatures. 

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AGING PIPES THROUGHOUT THE CITY

In Greensboro, there are 1,500 miles of water pipes. Since 2004, the city has been hard at work replacing them, but they have a long way to go. At this point, the water department says they're more than 5 percent through - having rehabilitated 76 miles of water pipe - but that leaves about 95 percent to go. 

"Pipe rehab needs to be a higher priority. And we're working to that priority, our city Council has been very supportive of funding our pipe replacement and rehab efforts," said Kristine Williams, the water department's assistant director. 

The old pipes fall into two categories: cast iron and ductile iron. Cast iron pipes are in older neighborhoods in the city, and closer to downtown. They were installed before the 1960s. After that period of time, the preferred pipe was ductile iron, which is more flexible with the shifting ground. The city says they have about a hundred year life span. 

"When we're looking at what pipes need to be prioritized for rehab or rehabilitation, we look at piping material and the age of the pipe. In this case, for the water main break, this was a cast-iron pipe," said Williams. 

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