FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Water Department says service has been restored to the Stockyards district after a 10-inch water main ruptured Monday morning.
Repair work was complicated when it was discovered that the broken pipe was made of cast iron, surrounded by steel piers.
The problem became evident around 10:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Exchange Avenue and Main Street, with the water heaving brick pavers out of place and flooding the street.
Several hotels and restaurants along East Exchange shut down because their water supply was cut off until repairs are made. Other businesses closer to the train depot remained open.
"We're going to do our best to get it done as quickly as we can," a water department spokesman said. "I just can't tell you when that's going to be because the fact we can't just bring the backhoe in and start digging right now."
The decision was made to remove the bricks that pave the street to make necessary repairs, then install a temporary road surface until arrangements can be made to reset the bricks.
The daily 4 p.m. cattle drive was not interrupted, but Exchange Avenue remained closed on Monday evening.