All lanes reopen after water main floods I-64

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-31 23:17:01-05

HENRICO, Va. (WTVR) -- All lanes have reopened on Interstate 64 after a water main issue that closed the center and right lane at mile-marker 181 for about two hours.

Crews will be working overnight to repair the broken water line that caused water to gush off of a bridge onto I-64 Friday afternoon.

The head of Henrico’s Department of Public Utilities, Art Petrini, said "everything should be fixed and back to normal on Saturday morning."

Petrini said a water line that runs across the bridge on Parham Road broke, sending water streaming off the bridge for about three hours.

The rushing water caused traffic to back up for two miles.

It’s still unclear what caused the break, but DPU officials said the change from extremely cold temperatures to warmer weather could have played a role.

VDOT dropped salt on the area to prevent any freezing overnight.

The repair work will not impact most people’s water service except for two homes and one business in the area who are without water tonight.

Crews expect to have their water back on Saturday morning.