Montrose Water Pipe Rupture Causes Sinkhole, Road Closures

The roads will be temporarily re-opened Thursday night in time for the holiday

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    A water main rupture in Montrose on Tuesday created a sinkhole in a street intersection and caused temporary road closures before the Fourth of July weekend.

    The pipe broke at the intersection of Verdugo Road and Honolulu Avenue, causing about 800,000 gallons of water to be lost, Crescenta Valley Water District spokeswoman Christy Scott said. Westbound Verdugo Boulevard is closed at Clifton Place, and eastbound Honolulu Avenue traffic at Verdugo Road is being detoured.

    Glendale city spokesman Thomas Lorenz said roads will be re-opened Thursday night in time for the holiday before more permanent repairs are made.

    Why the 12-inch pipe was ruptured is still under investigation, but Glendale officials believe it was caused by a private contractor doing road work at the intersection of Verdugo Road and Honolulu Avenue, Lorenz said. If that’s true, the contractor would be responsible for the costs.

    Crews from Glendale Water and Power, Glendale Public Works and the Crescenta Valley Water District have temporarily sealed the pipe and filled the hole in the road. Permanent repair work done after the weekend will cause some water shut-offs.

    "We will probably tentatively notify about 300 people just so they’re aware," Scott said of the water shut-offs.

    Scott said the water district is hoping to schedule the pipe repair for July 8.