Repairs to water-damaged road to wrap up Saturday

Sections of Hillcrest Parkway rests next to severed water lines near Olympic Street Thursday. A powerful water main break buckled the roadway in this September 2016 photo. Austin Dave/The Signal

Road work to repair the sudden buckling of Hillcrest Parkway in Castaic – damaged Thursday after a water main ruptured – is expected to be completed by Saturday morning, said an official overseeing the repairs.

“We anticipate the road to be reopened by Saturday morning,” said Cris Perez, vice president of operations at the Valencia Water Company, told The Signal Friday.

“There will continue to be a traffic detour until the Hillcrest Parkway road is repaired,” he said. “We thank the community for their patience and cooperation.”

The broken water main sent about 30,000 gallons of water running down Hillcrest Parkway causing the road it to buckle in two places, and prompting the immediate closure in both directions, according to Perez and Los Angeles County officials.

The broken pipe sent water onto Hillcrest for about an hour Thursday morning.

Valencia Water Company hired a contractor to make the repairs, Perez said.

“The water main repair was completed by 5 p.m. (Thursday) afternoon but the road repair work diligently continued throughout the night,” he said.

Kerjon Lee, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, said the contractor is a private geotechnical firm that worked through the night to remove the affected pavement and re-grade the existing road base.

The contractor is expected to perform a “compaction test” for the impact site.

“At this time, base pavement is scheduled to commence tonight at 6:00 p.m.,” Lee said Friday.

Detours put in place Thursday were expected to remain in place until Saturday morning.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol were assisting motorists Friday.

“We have two officers stationed there during the high egress and ingress of the elementary and junior high school,” CHP Officer Josh Greengard said.


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