MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Water service for several hundred residential and business customers of Martinsburg's spring-fed public utility was disrupted all day Monday after a 12-inch main line cracked just south of the city along Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11), officials said.
Utilities Director Stephen M. Knipe said he hoped to have service restored by Monday night, but couldn't immediately say whether the line failure along U.S. 11 near Bernice Avenue was the only break.
Reported about 9:30 a.m., the line break caused a portion of the asphalt to buckle in the middle of U.S. 11, which was closed to southbound traffic between Bernice Avenue and Wheatland Street for the repairs to be completed.
Motorists were forced to use a detour involving both streets and Hedrick Avenue to get around the work site.
Knipe said customers between Lawn Street south of the city and Wilson Street in the city's southern end were affected by the line break.