Midtown intersection still closed after water line break; street repairs could take weeks
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
It's still a big mess in one part of Tulsa.
The intersection of 21st and Peoria remains closed Wednesday after a 16-inch water line ruptured Tuesday. The City of Tulsa says it could take weeks to repair the damage caused by the break.
Water services manager Eric Parker says his crews are still assessing the damage.
“There’s no way to prevent it," said Eric Parker.
Parker says the water issues wouldn't affect a lot of homes, but the street damage is the major problem facing workers.
He says the line likely burst when the ground shifted.
It’s an old line that the city has been meaning to replace for a while now.
“If you don’t have new water lines or new streets I mean it’s whether you pay me now or you pay me later," said Parker.
Nevertheless all of that means more construction along 21st street and Stephen Graves is not a fan.
“Why aren’t the streets maintained better, I mean this is crazy," said neighbor Stephen Graves.
He’s lived across from Woodward Park for some time.
He says his neighbors have faced their fair share of road work, but this is worse.
“Well with the price of gas you’re adding more miles to your car, putting more gas in the car and around and around we go," said Graves.
A few doors down Andrea Byrn is a little more sympathetic.
“It’s just an unfortunate accident that happened and the city didn’t want it to happen I'm sure with the expense of it for the repair," said neighbor Andrea Byrn.
She thinks the traffic down 21st on a normal day is fine.
And despite today’s detours she’s not worried one bit about getting around.
“I think the city of Tulsa has cried out for better roads, and the city of Tulsa is responding," said Byrn.
While repairs could take weeks it’s not clear yet how much it will cost.