Water main break closes down multiple lanes of 23rd Street in Lawrence

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — A water main break forced lanes of traffic of a major Lawrence street to close on Monday.

The broken water main is a 1954 12 inch cast iron pipe, located to the west of 23rd and Massachusetts Street, just south of downtown Lawrence.

As of 2 p.m. both the eastbound lanes were closed and the westbound lanes were currently in use for two-way traffic in that area. Utilities staff were on-site to assess the damage and to make the appropriate repairs.

Utilities crews anticipate approximately six to 10 hours to complete the repair. However, the affected lanes may remain closed until pavement repairs are complete. Crews say they expect the street to remain closed down to just two lanes for the rest of the week.

Traffic control devices will be in place to detour motorists around the closure. Motorists should expect delays in this area.

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