NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A water main break reported early Monday morning led to road closures near downtown Nashville.
The water main break was reported just before 3 a.m. at North 1st Street and Spring Street.
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Spring Street was closed in both directions as crews worked to stop the water and clear debris off of the road. The roadway has since reopened.
Crews also closed traffic at North 1st Street heading to downtown Nashville from Dickerson Road. At 10 a.m., crews opened an inbound lane of North Street, but the outbound lane remains closed.
According to Metro Water Services, crews have determined that the break is a 12-inch water main. Officials told a News 2 crew on scene that they are reportedly concerned about the structural integrity of the road due to the break.
The break was reportedly caused by natural causes and could be the result of pipe material, pipe age, ground movement and extreme temperatures.
In March 2023, 21 water main breaks have been reported in the Metro area – which is down from the 40 water mains breaks that were reported in March 2022.
Sonia Allman, Manager of Strategic Communications for Metro Water Services, says the breaks depend on multiple factors.
“It’s really difficult to say if we’re having an increase in breaks because a lot of it really varies on weather and other factors,” said Allman, “We have 3,000 miles of underground water main. That is a lot of pipe across Nashville. We have crews out to repair breaks every single day and every single night, so it’s not uncommon for a city our size to have breaks on a daily basis.”
It is unknown when the break will be repaired or when roads will fully reopen.
No other information was immediately released.
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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.