Water main break closes lane of Highway 50 at Stateline | RecordCourier.com

Water main break closes lane of Highway 50 at Stateline

Staff Reports

Workers patch a lane on Highway 50 in Stateline.

Work on a water-main break in front of the Lakeside Inn closed one westbound lane of Highway 50 at Stateline for most of Thursday and Friday.

The break was first reported at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Work was completed in time for Friday evening's commute.

According to broadcast reports, the leak only affects the Lakeside Inn, which has a backup supply.

Douglas County deputies, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and the Kingsbury General Improvement District responded.

Traffic was backed up to Round Hill Pines at 5:30 p.m., according to one witness.

Work to repair the leak has been ongoing since, and the lane was still closed on Friday morning.

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"The water main break had so much pressure that it pushed the soil up to the surface, causing such a muddy mess that community members thought it was a sewer spill," the district said in a statement.

After fixing the line, they determined that temporarily backfilling the highway and paving would be the best plan until summer traffic slows down.

Work was conducted by the district staff, F&B Inc. and Cruz Construction.

According to the district, water quality was never compromised by the leak and no boil-water order is required.

There were no disruptions due to the leak, according to the district.