Temporary water pipe on Walnut Street Bridge closes one lane of traffic
A water main break on a pipe beneath the Tennessee River has forced a lane closure on Frazier Avenue as Tennessee American Water Company comes up with a quick fix.
The break on the existing pipe in the river was discovered April 4. Since then, a temporary line was put on the Walnut Street Bridge to restore a second line of water delivery to residents in North Chattanooga.
TAWC said this was the first time in the water main's 51 years that there's been a break.
"We went down with scuba divers, determined there was a leak and needed to do something quick to make a fix," Project Manager Grady Stout said.
Stout said crews are installing a new pipe by inserting it into the larger, broken pipe, then stretching the 1,500 foot line across the river where it belongs.
The right eastbound lane of Frazier Avenue between Woodland and Forest avenues is closed to allow pedestrians to detour around the water pipe while staying out of traffic.
"It's a congested area here, but we want to make sure everyone is safe when passing the temporary line," Stout said.
The lane will be reopened at the conclusion of the project, which Stout hopes to be later this week.
For questions and updates, customers call the Tennessee American Water customer service center at 1-866-736-6420.