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Roads remain closed two weeks after water main break, road collapse

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 08:38:44-04

BALTIMORE — Roads remain closed as work continues on a water main break and manhole collapse that shut down the area of Howard and Pratt Streets two weeks ago.

Monday was Day 14 of the road closures and city officials say they're concerned about sediment and other things getting down into where they’re trying to work around to make room for the repairs that are happening downtown.

They say a lot of that sediment was caused by the last two significant weather events — the original water main break and the storm that hit the city a few days ago. Officials say they're watching the next storm to see just how bad it gets, and the extent of the storm damage it will leave.

“Safety is the number one concern, and we’re going to always defer to the engineers on matters regarding the site, but we feel pretty confident in some restoration soon,” said David McMillan, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management

City officials say they’ve also spoken to the stadium authority about significant events, including the Billy Joel concert that’s happening this weekend. They hope that by the weekend they will have a few lanes open.