Water Problem Near Crystal City Closes 23rd Street

by ARLnow.com December 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm 2,160 5 Comments

Just as we were receiving notification of a road closure between Fern Street and Grant Street on South 23rd Street near Crystal City, a tipster sent us the photo above with this description:

Good morning — There’s some sort of water problem on 23rd St South near Crystal City, between Fern and Grant, closer to Fern.  Water is out on at least that block (I live there and a neighbor has told me hers is out as well).  It looks like this utility truck has fallen through the street surface, a sinkhole or something. That could be the cause — either the water main was broken, or it was shut off to make repairs. Picture attached, though it’s not the best angle.

As we reported earlier today, this has been a busy month for water main breaks in Arlington.

Update at 1:15 p.m. — A few Washington Gas employees arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m. to check for a possible gas line rupture. Based on the public works employee lighting up a cigarette about 15 minutes later, it would appear that they gave the all-clear.

As the photos show, this is a relatively minor situation. The public works truck is now parked safely away from the hole, and there’s no water flowing from the apparent water main break. No word yet on when the road may reopen.

  • Lou

    Yep, looks like a problem.

  • I saw water along the surface of much of 23rd Street heading home from work last night, but didn’t think much of it.

    Does anyone have insight as to whether or not they’ll re-pave 28th Street near Gunston? I drive on it every day to and from work and it’s been terrible for the last several months. Perhaps North Arlington will continue having their roads paved every ten times to our one in South Arlington.

  • G::NativeArlingtonian

    Funny I saw a leak at 23rd North and Glebe Rd. last Friday. It burbling out of the street and into the gutter. Some county guys were looking at a map on the hood of their truck sussing things out.

  • @S. Arlington – I will pass along your inquiry to our road maintenance team. You can also report all road maintence concerns to the Department of Environmental Services via our call center at 703-228-6570 or this maintenance request form http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/EnvironmentalServices/cpe/concrete/resform.htm.

    Please note that some paving project may also be temporarily on hold until the weather is warmer. It must be 40 degrees or higher to perform asphalt work.

  • Update on 28th Street near Gunston from the Water, Sewer, Streets Bureau – The project at 28th Street South was a new water main installation. Unfortunately, due to the weather becoming much colder sooner than expected, the project wasn’t finished in time to get the street paved this year. At this time of year, our asphalt projects are limited to spot repairs because the road surface needs to be a certain temperature in order for permanent asphalt to bond properly. The asphalt plants also limit their production in winter. It will be paved in the spring. We will continue to monitor and patch the area as needed.


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