Lexington street re-opened after water main break

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Traffic is moving back to normal on a downtown Lexington Street that was shut down for much of the day after a water main break.

Officials with Kentucky American Water say they have repaired the water main that broke early Wednesday morning, on West Maxwell Street, near Merino Street.

One lane has was re-opened just after five the other lane was re-opened just after six in the evening.

Officials say a water line had a blowout, causing several feet of the line to disconnect. They say water was restored to the 14 homes affected by the break.

The break forced the water company to close West Maxwell while crews tried to make repairs in between Merino and Patterson Streets.

Drivers were diverted to use High and Pine Streets as detours.

Officials say this line is part of the original water system in Lexington and could date back to 1885.

They say they are spending millions of dollars to replace all old lines, like this one, in order to prevent as many breaks as possible.

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