Downtown road reopened following water main break, sinkhole

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 13:11:04-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The intersection of 1st Avenue and Demonbreun has reopened following the large water main break that caused its closure.

The water main break happened Thursday. Metro officials say a cap on the end of a 12-inch water main broke loose, and the water pressure washed away causing a sinkhole to form in the road.

A large amount of water flooded the street, forcing work crews to close the road.

WeGo Transit says all buses traveling along the 1st Avenue will be rerouted. The 93 Star West End Shuttle will detour to the train station down Broadway from 8th Avene and drop off train passengers at 1st Avenue and Broadway.

MWS crews will make the necessary repairs to the water main and the contractor will backfill the site and complete roadway repairs. However, it's unclear how long those repairs will take.

It is not affecting water service in the area.

The intersection had been excavated for sewer work associated with the Four Seasons. The excavation site was plated.

One of the many metal plates fell into the excavation site after a double-decker bus drove over it. Officials say the plate may have knocked the cap loose.