Route 981 in Latrobe reopens Friday after water main break
A major water line break shut down traffic on a section of Route 981 in Latrobe Thursday evening and early Friday morning and interrupted service to customers along several blocks of the street.
The break in an 8-inch water main occurred about 8 p.m. and closed the street between Unity Street and Jioio’s restaurant on the south edge of the town, Latrobe Fire Chief John Brasile said.
Latrobe Municipal Authority crews were able to make repairs, and the street was reopened to traffic by 5:30 a.m., he said. PennDOT crews also were dispatched to the scene.
The break occurred not far from the fire department’s No. 6 station and from the bridge that crosses Unity Run and is scheduled for replacement next year. The break caused the road surface to buckle and lift, Brasile said. “In some places it’s actually higher than the curb,” he said.
Crews were able to quickly restore water service to the restaurant, he said.
Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, email@example.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.