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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Crowchild Trail reopens after water main break repaired (initially: A water main break is disrupting traffic on Crowchild Trail)

December 11, 2012

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What the road looks like in the early hours of Tuesday, December 11.


A shot of one of the roadside signs along Crowchild Trail S.W. after the road opened early Tuesday morning.


December 10, 2012

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10:15 p.m. Crowchild Trail reopens after water main break repaired

The water main break at Crowchild Trail and 33 Ave. SW has now been repaired and the re-paved road will re-open prior to 5 a.m., in time for the Tuesday morning commute.

While paving may appear to be complete, a period of several hours of cooling is required for the pavement to set properly.  Motorists are reminded that the road will only be re-opened once the cooling period is complete (expected just prior to 5 a.m.).

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Director Bruce Burrell said, “We would like to thank Calgarians for their patience during the repair and roadwork.  Crowchild Trail is a major commuter route and the impact of a major infrastructure repair on citizens’ ability to travel is not lost on us, but we were pleased to see citizens help us by altering their commute plans to lighten the load on the day’s traffic.”

This water main break is one of the largest The City of Calgary has ever experienced.  Initially crews found that a 600 mm (2 ft) section of pipe had burst, however a crack totalling 6 m (21 ft) was found. The excavation was complicated by the discovery of an abandoned ATCO gas line that had to be removed by ATCO.

“I would like to thank City of Calgary water and road crews for their work in getting a challenging repair done as quickly as possible, without compromising worker or citizen safety, and others who coordinated efforts and worked to communicate with Calgarians,” said Burrell.

Burrell also acknowledged the collaborative efforts of partner agencies in responding to the incident, including Water Services, Water Resources, Roads, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, Customer Service & Communications, Calgary Transit, Corporate Security, Infrastructure and Information Services, Information Technology, Calgary Board of Education, Mount Royal College and ATCO.

The Municipal Emergency Plan was deactivated as of 10:15 p.m.


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8:30 p.m. Image: leveling asphalt with a grader on southbound Crowchild Trail


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8 p.m. Images: Water crews completing backfill compaction on Crowchild Trail South. First course of asphalt being placed. City crews spreading first course of asphalt- - paving has begun!






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7 p.m. Some Water Main Facts:
  • Main breaks peaked in the early 1980s at 1,800 per year
  • The water main replacement program was ramped-up and over 600 kilometres of main has been replaced since 1967, or between 10 and 15 kilometres per year
  • Since the late 1990s, we have installed cathodic protection systems on medallic pipe and have protected almost 300 kilometres of pipe at a tenth of the cost of replacing it
  • the result of these programs is an over 70 per cent reduction in main breaks, with 300 occurring in 2011
  • for more information please visit calgary.ca/water
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5 p.m. Update on Crowchild Trail southbound lane road closure.

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4:30 p.m. Crowchild Trail media scrum - Bruce Burrell, Director of Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Ryan Jestin, Director, Roads and Dan Limacher, Director of Water Services, talk about Crowchild Trail's water main break and southbound lane closures.



 


4:10 p.m. Backfilling  the excavation hole on Crowchild Trail.


Backfilling the excavation hole on Crowchild Trail

3:33 p.m. Reminder: Southbound Crowchild will remain closed for the evening commute. Please find alternate routes. Leave early or later if you can to avoid the rush. Thank you for your patience!

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1:55 p.m. City of Calgary Transportation spokesperson Sean Somers gives a video update for this afternoon's commute - southbound Crowchild will remain closed. Please find alternate routes. Leave early or later if you can to avoid the rush.



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1:25 p.m. Video: City directors give media update on Crowchild Trail closure earlier today.



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12 p.m. Update on southbound Crowchild Trail road closure:

The City of Calgary would like to thank Calgarians for their patience and for rerouting their commute this morning to aid crews in repairing the water main break on Crowchild Trail at 33 Ave SW.

At this point a new section of water main has been put in place. The next step is to backfill and pressure test the pipe before finishing the backfill and laying asphalt.

The city is working to open this section of Crowchild Trail before the morning commute on Tuesday. Road closures will be in place during the afternoon commute.

This water main break is one of the largest and most complex The City has ever experienced.

Initially crews found that a 600 mm (2 ft) section of pipe had burst. A crack has since been discovered that runs from the break putting the total length at 6 m (21 ft). The excavation was complicated by the discovery of an abandoned ATCO gas line that had to be removed by ATCO.

Southbound Crowchild Trail between Bow trail and 33 Avenue SW remains closed to commuter traffic. Local, transit and emergency access has been established. Transit routes are operating regularly and all bus stops are operational, however, delays can be expected due to congestion in the area.

Commuters are asked to find alternative routes home, use public transit like the new West LRT, or leave work earlier or later. Major delays are expected on Crowchild Trail southbound, and commuters should allow for extra time to get where they’re going.

Northbound Crowchild Trail lanes continue to be open to traffic.

Media updates will be released as new developments unfold.

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11:47 a.m. Video: Crews prepare new section of pipe for Crowchild water main repair.



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9:55 a.m. New photos: Crews working hard to connect new pipe to existing pipe.





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7:34 a.m. New video: Sean Somers, City of Calgary, on-site at water main break.



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7:06 a.m. New on-site pictures from water main break.

Top view of water main break on southbound Crowchild Trail.


Crews work to fix water main break.

Sean Somers, City of Calgary, points to cracks in water main.

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6:42 a.m. City of Calgary crews will be working on replacing the water main on Crowchild Trail throughout the day. It is expected that road closures will be in place during the afternoon commute. Timing of the completion of the repair is not known at this time. The City will keep the public informed throughout the process.

Initially crews found that a 600 mm (2 ft) section of pipe had burst. A crack has since been discovered that runs from the break putting the total length at 6 m (21 ft). The excavation was complicated by the discovery of an abandoned ATCO gas line that had to be removed by ATCO.

This water main break is one of the largest The City of Calgary has ever experienced. The 400 mm (16 inch) water main is cast iron and was installed in the 1930s.

Commuters are asked to find alternative routes home, use public transit like the new West LRT, leave work earlier or later. Major delays are expected on Crowchild Trail southbound. The City thanks all Calgarians for their patience as work continues to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

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6:08 a.m.  Dan Limacher, director, Water Services discusses the complexities of fixing a water main break.



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6:03 a.m. Here's a photo of the water main break.

Photo of water main break on southbound Crowchild Trail. Note cracks along pipe.

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5:23 a.m. Update on Southbound Crowchild Trail Road Closure:

The City of Calgary reminds commuters that due to continuing roadwork to repair a major water main break, southbound lanes of Crowchild Trail remain closed between Bow Trail and 33 Avenue SW. Northbound Crowchild Trail lanes are open to traffic.

Transit routes are operating regularly and all bus stops are operational, however, delays can be expected due to congestion in the area.

Citizens are asked to consider all alternatives including working from home, carpooling, using public transit, starting work earlier or later, or finding an alternative route. It is strongly suggested to allow for extra time.

The City thanks all Calgarians for their patience as work continues to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

Another media update will be provided later this morning.
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5 a.m. Reminder: Crowchild Trail Southbound lanes are closed between Bow Trail and 33 Avenue SW.- open to local traffic, emergency vehicles and transit/school buses only


Citizens are asked to consider all alternatives including working from home, carpooling, using Calgary Transit, starting work earlier or later, or finding an alternative route. It is strongly suggested to allow for extra time.

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12:54 a.m. City water crews are currently working around the clock to fix the water main. The excavation is wider and deeper than originally expected. Thank you Calgary for your continued patience.

December 9, 2012

10 p.m. Update on Southbound Crowchild Trail Road Closure

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9:30 p.m. Here's a video of Sean Somers with The City's Roads team explaining the process to fix Crowchild Trail's water main and roadway.



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8:15 p.m. Sean Somers, City of Calgary Roads, talks about Crowchild Trail's road closure due to a water main break.



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7:30 p.m. Transit routes 20, 108 and 112 returned to their regular operating routes at 5 p.m. Sunday. They will be fully operational Monday, but please expect delays.

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7 p.m. - map of Crowchild Trail road closure


Southbound Crowchild Emergency Road Closure


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6:30 p.m. A major water main break on Crowchild Trail between 32 and 33 Avenue Southwest has resulted in southbound lanes being closed between Bow Trail and 33 Avenue SW. Crowchild northbound lanes are open to traffic.

The cause of the water main break is not known at this time. Excavation of the 400 millimeter cast iron pipe is underway and more details will be known once the source of the problem is identified. At this time, access to the pipe is anticipated at approximately 9 p.m.

As this is a major artery with more than 50,000 vehicles using Crowchild southbound every day, citizens are asked to consider all alternatives including working from home, starting work earlier or later, or finding an alternative route.

To facilitate the repair of the water line and the damage of the roadway, the southbound lanes of Crowchild Trail will continue to be closed to the general public throughout Monday.

One restricted lane will be maintained between Bow Trail and 33 Avenue SW to accommodate local traffic for community residents, transit, school buses and emergency vehicles. All others are asked to find an alternate route.

Access to Mount Royal University, Currie Barracks and the Lincoln Park area will still be available from northbound Crowchild Trail. Alternative routes to these areas include Richard Road and 37 Street Southwest.

In addition to the Crowchild Trail water main break, The City is managing a second water main break at 19 Street and 28 Avenue SW. The two breaks are unrelated to one another. Approximately 40 homes are currently out of water due to the 19 Street and 28 Avenue Southwest break. Water wagons have been dispatched and repair will begin tomorrow morning on this break.

Commuters are strongly advised to allow for extra commuting time.

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5:40 p.m. One lane of Southbound Crowchild will be open ONLY for emergency vehicles, transit & local traffic going up and the over 33 ave. ramp. If you use this route, please anticipate congestion. Thank you for your patience.

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5:30 p.m. Unrelated to Crowchild water main break - water wagons (mobile water tanks) are on site in South Calgary for the 40 homes w/out water

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5 p.m. Crowchild Trail water main break media scrum - Water Roads and traffic update



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4 p.m. Due to water main damage on Southbound Crowshild Trail, it doesn't look good to open tomorrow - more info to follow.

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3:50 p.m. There are 3 unrelated 'water events' near Crowchild Trail:
  1. Glenmore sanitary main blocked - fixed
  2. Marda Loop water main break (19 st. & 28 ave.) - 40 homes without water currently. Repair scheduled for tomorrow a.m.
  3. Crowchild Trail water main break - we are currently working on it. Updates to follow. Thank you for your patience.
Curious about what a Water main is? Why do Water Mains Break? Water Main FAQ's

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3:15 p.m. The City of Calgary is holding a media availability at 4:30 p.m. - information to follow.

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2:49 p.m. Three houses were without water. Their water is now back in service.

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2:47 p.m. A 400 millimeter water feeder main broke last night, shut off at 2:30 a.m. - Roads will be assessing integrity of Crowchild Trail

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1:57 p.m. Latest info: A major watermain break is affecting traffic on Crowchild Trail. City crews have been on site for much of the day and are working on a solution. Currently northbound Crowchild Trail is open to traffic. Southbound lanes are still affected by water, and are being diverted via the 33 Avenue exits. We will provide further updates as they become available. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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1:28 p.m. NB Crowchild reopened to traffic. SB traffic will be diverted via 33 Ave ramps.

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1:19 p.m. Major water main break on Crowchild near Flander Ave. Crews onsite. Detour plans will be shared as we know more.

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1:03 p.m. The City of Calgary’s Municipal Emergency Plan activated

December 8, 2012

10:37 p.m. Water Main Break on Crowchild Trail News Release.

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