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Sink hole repaired

Posted: August 15, 2008 9:32 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2008 5:03 a.m.

More than a dozen city inspectors and traffic engineers worked through the night Thursday to repair a 12 by 14-foot sink hole in Valencia that formed when a broken water pipe flooded one of the city's busiest intersections.

Traffic crews opened up Valencia Boulevard late Friday afternoon after replacing a stretch of roadway that spanned a few hundred feet long and three lanes wide at the McBean Parkway intersection.

The 8-foot-deep sink hole forced workers to remove the surrounding asphalt and the saturated soil beneath it, said Assistant City Engineer Damon Letz.

"The base matter under the pavement has been replaced and compacted and new pavement has been installed," he said.

He said the city hasn't seen a pipe break of this magnitude in recent years.

"When an emergency situation or repair like this is necessary, we just work around the clock until it's done," he said.

The flooding halted traffic during the rush hour, which backed up traffic throughout the Valencia streets.

Valencia Boulevard was closed from McBean Parkway to Citrus Street until about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

One of the joints had apparently separated in the 27-inch steel pipe, said Bob DiPrimio, president of the Valencia Water Company.

"It's just something that happens," he said. "It doesn't happen often, but it does happen."

The Valencia Water Company repaired the pipe and the company doesn't expect it to fail again, DiPrimio said.

"That was quite a hole in the ground and our crews got right on it," DiPrimio said.

The city Public Works department will be monitoring the area over the next few months, Letz said.

With the exception of labor costs, the Valencia Water Company will bear the cost of the repairs, he said.


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