South-bound traffic lanes on Bowen Road, in the area of Meredith Road and Dufferin Crescent, are closed until further notice due to a water main break. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Section of Bowen Road, in Nanaimo, closed due to water main break

South-bound lanes on Bowen Road, between Meredith Road and Dufferin Crescent, closed to traffic

South-bound lanes on Bowen Road, from the intersection at Meredith Road to the Dufferin Crescent intersection, are closed to traffic after a water main burst Friday night, says the City of Nanaimo.

The city issued an advisory about the broken pipe at about 8 p.m. Friday and in an update Saturday, said damage to the road, sidewalk and centre median is extensive, and will require significant repairs. A local contractor has been brought in to address the damage, the city said.

“Bowen Road will be closed to south-bound through traffic at Meredith,” the city said in a press release. “Local traffic, or people wishing to get to a businesses on Bowen will still be able to do so, but will not be able to travel south between James Way and Dufferin Crescent.

“North-bound traffic should not be affected. Meredith provides a connection to Boxwood Road, to the west, and Boundary Avenue, to the east, which will allow for a detour around the site.”

Transit is being re-routed, the city also said.

Initially, the city advised there would be low pressure, or no water, for several central Nanaimo area neighbourhoods, and in the update, said there are still a few areas without water. Crews are working to restore this as quickly as possible and it is anticipated restoration will be completed shortly.

“You may find sediment in your fixtures – this is normal, and the water continues to be safe to drink. Simply flush from a cold water tap or hose bib until clear. You may need to clean your faucet screens, too,” the city said.

READ ALSO: City plans work that will upgrade Bowen Road, but cause disruption


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