Water main break on Western Hills Viaduct, ramp closures expected Tuesday

Water main break on Western Hills Viaduct, ramp closures expected Tuesday
A water main break on the Western Hills Viaduct sent spouts of water into the air Monday morning. (Source: Rob Foppe)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A water main break on the Western Hills Viaduct closed the southbound I-75 ramp to the viaduct for several hours Monday morning.

Western Hills Viaduct Lower Level.

Posted by Rob Foppe on Monday, December 16, 2019

The ramp was initially said to be closed for the duration of Monday, but ODOT tweeted at 3:17 p.m. the ramp was open and that it would remain open for the rest of the day, but ‘may be closed’ tomorrow to repair the water main.

Water Works later confirmed the partial ramp/lane closures will begin Tuesday morning and run through Wednesday morning for emergency repairs to the water main.

The agency also said there are no public safety concerns, no water outages and no boil advisories due to the break at this time.

Water Works Distribution Superintendent Jason Fleming told FOX19 NOW the cause of the incident was a broken pipe joint coupling. There is no definitive cause of the failure, Fleming says, but it’s likely ‘age-related deterioration of the coupling exacerbated by cold temperatures.’

Fleming confirmed repairs will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. and take between 12-24 hours.

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