Riverview, Florida -- U.S. Highway 301 northbound in Riverview is scheduled to reopen late Thursday night after a broken water main is repaired.
The Florida Department of Transportation said on Thursday afternoon that the water line has been repaired, the flowable fill (or concrete slurry mixture) has been placed, and workers are removing the damaged asphalt where the lime rock got wet.
FDOT said paving should start around Thursday night that involves two layers of asphalt and then temporary striping at the intersection with Balm-Riverview Road, just south of the Alafia River. The agency said the intersection is expected to open about midnight if the work goes as planned.
Just after midnight, the department said the repairs had been completed and the road was due to open soon.
The water main broke late Wednesday when crews were installing a sewer line underneath the water main as part of improvements to the intersection. Investigators think the work crew hit a 24-inch main, creating a gash more than a foot long and close to two inches wide. The pipe itself was installed in 1990.
A detour is in place until the repairs are done, but drivers should find alternate routes.
The northbound lanes of U.S. 301 in Riverview remain closed for a water main repair.