Water main break causes partial closure of popular Nanaimo road

Water main break causes partial closure of popular Nanaimo road
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A portion of Bowen Road following a broken water main.

A portion of a popular road in Nanaimo has been closed following a water main break.

According to the City of Nanaimo, there was a water main break that occurred on Bowen Road near Dufferin Crescent on Friday at around 7 p.m.

“Damage to the road, sidewalk and centre median is extensive and will require significant repairs. The city has engaged a local contractor to address the repair,” the city said in an advisory.

A photo submitted to CHEK News shows extensive amounts of water along a stretch of Bowen Road.

As a result, the city has closed the southbound lanes along Bowen Road between Meredith Road and Dufferin Crescent in order to allow crews to fix the broken water main.

“In order to undertake emergency repairs on a major water main on Bowen Road north of the intersection of Dufferin Crescent, Bowen Road will be closed to southbound through traffic at Meredith,” the city said in its advisory.

Local traffic can still access businesses on Bowen Road but “will not be able to travel south between James Way and Dufferin Crescent” until further notice.

Northbound traffic is not affected, according to the city.

The city said there were two water mains that were damaged, which briefly resulted in low pressure or no water in parts of central Nanaimo.

Crews were able to shut the water main off at around 12:30 a.m. this morning.

Bowen Road is one of Nanaimo’s busiest roads.


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