Morning traffic in Victoria is impacted by a water main break. (Google Maps)

Aging water main break impacts Blanshard, Bay streets

Main roads now open as crews work to fix break

A 5 a.m. water main break impacted some of Victoria’s busiest streets Thursday morning.

The break closed Blanshard Street south of Hillside Avenue and north of Caledonia Avenue. Bay Street was also closed at Quadra and Douglas streets.

A few hours later, traffic was flowing through Blanshard and Bay Street was down to single lanes both directions. City of Victoria crews remain on scene working to repair the break.

Brian Murphy, City of Victoria’s assistant of public works, says the 30-centimetre water main is one of many pieces of aging infrastructure in the city.

“Water main breaks do happen and this one just happened to be on a main street,” he said. “Currently the main is isolated and construction crews have begun the process of repairs. We’ll hopefully be back into final restoration of the road by tomorrow.”

Murphy said there may have been some damage to the underground parking area of a nearby apartment building.

This summer the federal government committed $15.3 million for infrastructure upgrades to Victoria’s aging underground pipes and structures. The funding supplements the City’s existing yearly infrastructure investments for pipe replacement.

READ ALSO: Feds give up $15.3 million for natural disaster mitigation in Victoria

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Prices for recreational marijuana in B.C. down from a year ago

New inflation figures show gasoline, housing and certain kinds of food cost more

James Bay to host third annual Window Wonderland display

Residents are encouraged to get creative with their designs

Royal BC Museum’s Woolly the Mammoth turns 40 years old

The museum is hosting a party on Jan. 26

Sidney cadet takes home gold at South Island Zone biathlon

‘Rising star’ sets her sights on provincials

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

Most Read