UPDATE: A second water main break has been repaired on Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive Wednesday evening.

Tennessee American Water crews have been working since Wednesday morning to fix the issue on Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive.

Crews fixed the first break by Wednesday afternoon, but a second break occurred as they were pouring concrete.

Tennessee American Water spokesperson Daphne Kirksey confirmed the second break and says a main break can cause weak spots in pipe lead, leading to additional breaks.

This is the same water main that broke in January, but in a slightly different location, according to Kirksey. 

“They are out there now investigating damage underneath the asphalt to make a determination of how to restore the road. It will be a more extensive repair than most,” Kirksey said.

Kirksey says repair crews have fixed the second break and are now working to repair the road.

Kirksey says all customers in the impacted area should now have water.

"We apologize for the inconvenience but are working safely and as quickly as possible to get water restored for the affected customers," Kirksey said in a statement to Channel 3.


PREVIOUS STORY: It could take until early next week before the southbound lanes of a busy Chattanooga intersection are reopened after a water main break.

Tennessee American Water crews have been working since Wednesday morning to fix the issue on Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive.

The water main break has been fixed, but it is still causing issues for drivers. 

Muddy water running down Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive created a mess for drivers, neighbors, and businesses. Tony Holt got a bird's eye view.

"I was just in the back, back here and came out and when I first glanced, I thought is it raining? I looked up and I saw the water coming out of the ground out there," Holt said.

Holt who is with Rivermont Paint & Body has seen this happen before just up the road. He's concerned it may cut business in half because customers will have trouble getting there.

The water gushing from the road forced Lupton Drive to become a detour. Neighbors like Benjamin Clark said it's already creating a headache.

"The really major problem as you can see already is Lupton Drive is really busy and now it's extraordinarily busy," Clark said.

Busy because Tennessee American Water crews had to dig up a hole around four feet deep to get to the broken pipe.

Once they've fixed the water main break, the road will need to be repaved before these lanes are reopened.

"Makes it hard for me to get in and out of my drive and it also makes it hard for me to park," Clark said.

While Clark deals with a congested neighborhood, businesses are bracing for a drop in sales.

"It'll be a little bit of a tough time for us, but we'll make it through one way or the other," Holt said.

It's unclear what caused the water main break.

It extends from Lupton Drive up to Van Buren Street. 

Channel 3 has learned that the water is being turned back on in the area.  

"Customers who were in the outage area may experience air or discolored water," a Tennessee American Water spokesperson explained. "They should run their COLD tap (one with a strong stream of water like a bathtub or outside faucet works best) until the water runs clear."

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation said the southbound lanes of Hixson Pike after the intersection of Lupton Drive will remain closed at least through Friday.  They urge drivers to take an alternate rote. A local traffic detour is posted at Lupton Drive.

CDOT added that rush hour southbound traffic should use Ashland Terrace to Highway 27 or Lupton Drive to Dayton Boulevard on Thursday.


PREVIOUS STORY: A water main break has blocked part of Lupton Drive near Hixson Pike Wednesday morning.

The break happened just after 10:15 am.

Tennessee American Water will have to turn off the water while repairs are being made. This will impact the Enclave neighborhood.

A spokesperson for Tennessee American Water said it will be an all-day affair for repairs, possibly going into the evening.

It will take several days to make repairs to the road.

 The break extends from Lupton Drive to Van Buren Street.

Drivers in the area should use caution as crews work to repair the break.