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Water emergency in Toledo – main line break at BBR and 1st. Crews working to repair it.

Water main break at A and 1st, water boiling up from under pavement, sending gravel over two sets of railroad tracks.

Water main break at A and 1st, water boiling up from under pavement, sending gravel over two sets of railroad tracks.
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7:30am Tuesday update
The intersection at Butler Bridge Road at 1st is still closed to ALL traffic as crews continue to fix a large water main that blew out yesterday. Once the main is repaired, a contractor will come in, rebuild the road bed and then repave it. The railroad knows that some of their track may have been undermined by the blow-out and subsurface scouring that pushed a lot of underground gravel up through holes in the ground caused by water pressure. So trains are not running. The railroad’s own crews will come out and assess what damage may have occurred to their tracks.

Trucks needing to access the west side of the GP plant should use A Street to 1st – right on 1st to the plant. Trucks that need access to the east end of the plant should use the eastern Highway 20 gateway to Toledo – south on Business 20, east (left) on Sturdevant, then right on 10th to the plant. Traffic on Business 20 through town is unaffected.

7:05 pm update
Toledo’s busy intersection of NW 1st and Butler Bridge Road is closed until further notice. Repair of a water main under the intersection will continue through Tuesday. A reconstruction of the intersection’s roadbed will follow with fill and new pavement after that.

Heavy trucks bound for the west side of the GP plant should use Business 20 to A Street and then west on First. Trucks bound for the east side of the plant should use Toledo’s east gateway off Highway 20, then to Sturdevant to the plant.

Water has been restored to most of Toledo except for an area near the port, and the nearby bank. Crews are working through the night to get the water main repaired. After that a contractor is expected to come in, restore the road bed and then pave it. Since the water blow out caused water to leak and scour out underneath nearby pavement the railroad is sending inspectors to determine the integrity of their rail lines through the intersection. Until that happens, there won’t be any more trains rolling through Toledo.

Meanwhile, the intersection of NW First and Butler Bridge Road is closed until further notice while the break is repaired.

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