UPDATE: Mass Ave. in downtown Indy reopens after leaking water line is fixed


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Repairs have been completed on a downtown Indianapolis street where a broken water line earlier Wednesday had flooded the area and caused the pavement to buckle.

As of 4 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue between Vermont and New York Streets was reopened to traffic, according to Citizens Energy Group.

A Citizens spokesman said the ruptured line was first installed in 1875.

“In the downtown area, you have a lot of old cast iron mains installed before 1900,” said Dan Considine, spokesperson for Citizens. ” Water is heavier when it’s cold so the combination of frozen ground and heavier water results in water main breaks.”

There are quite a few restaurants along the block where the water line break occurred. But, none of the eateries were affected and were able to remain open as crews worked to repair the road.

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