Water main break leaves six buildings without water, forces closure of Tremont Street outbound

A water main break early this morning left six buildings without water and forced closure of the outbound side of Tremont Street between West Springfield Street and Massachusetts Avenue, officials said.

Workers repair a sink hole at the corner of Mass Ave and Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts August 12, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe)
(Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe)
The Boston Globe

Boston Water and Sewer Commission workers arrived on scene at 777 Tremont St. at about 3:40 a.m., said commission spokesman Tom Bagley. No other utilities were affected, Bagley said.

At 10:15 a.m., water crews successfully replaced the broken section of pipe, restoring water service to the six buildings, Bagley said.

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A large residential building as well as two smaller residences and three commercial buildings had lost water service, Bagley said. A barber shop and a check cashing service near the burst suffered some water damage.

“The good news is traffic this morning wasn’t impacted greatly because it did not affect the inbound lanes,” said Tom Tinlin, Boston transportation commissioner. “We are hoping to have everything fixed by the afternoon commute.”

If the sinkhole created by the break is not repaired by the afternoon commute, which occurs between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., officials will cover the hole with a metal plate to prevent traffic delays, Tinlin said.