Water main breaks under railroad track in Newton


NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – A water main break has closed the northbound lane of Broadway/K-15 at the BNSF tracks in Newton. The break was discovered Friday morning.

The broken line is eight inches of cast iron pipe from the early 1900’s that appeared to have a 10-inch hole blown out of the bell of the pipe, according to Newton City government.

BNSF railway and KDOT were able to excavate the line, and the city will do the repairs.

Crews will be repairing the line for the next few hours and placing a temporary pavement over the hole overnight so roads can be open over the weekend.

The street will be closed again Monday to begin prepping for a permanent concrete paving.

The city says water has been shut off in the leaking line. There is no word on a time for completion.

A business owner tells KSN News the main line for through train traffic is still open at this time.

Newton water main break (Courtesy; Bill Ryan)


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