Workers Successfully Patch Water Main Break in the Freezing Cold

Photo by @above_96th.

An all-hands-on-deck effort mopped up an enormous mess at 99th Street and Broadway on Thursday, so that the city was able to restore water service by 9:30 p.m., a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman told us. The water main break flooded the area and caused police to close off two blocks of Broadway for part of the day.

“These city workers have been outstanding,” wrote one local who watched the entire job and tweeted updates about it at @above_96th. “And the coordination among agencies was remarkable.”

On Friday morning, workers laid asphalt on the street.

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    1. Chuck Van D says:

      Thanks de Blasio!

      • Geez says:

        You’re fooling no one with your bitterness. Everyone knows stuff doesn’t fall into disrepair in a matter of a few years. Consider thinking critically.

        • EricaC says:

          Are you sure he wasn’t thanking De Blasi for the excellent job repairing the street, which failed due to decades of use, and minimal investment in our infrastructure?

        • Woody says:

          You’re right…thanks Dinkins!

    2. Bruce E. Bernstein says:

      Many thanks to the workers and supervisors from NYC Department of Environmental Protection who got this done quickly under difficult conditions.

      And thanks to @Above96th for highlighting their work. You see so much negativity towards NYC public employees. It’s good to see appreciation… NYC public employees are paid beliw the private sector (even when you count the benefits) and keep NYC running.

    3. Chrigid says:


    4. Lynne B Sagalyn says:

      we should all be so thankful for this immediate and efficient service! thank you city workers!

    5. Woody says:

      This repair work was not done by NYC employees but by a private contractor called Triumph Construction. As a major utility contractor for the public sector, it most likely pays its workers a high prevailing union wage contrary to what has been said. I’d guess that there were at least four overpaid union workers standing around the site holding Stop/Slow signs.

    6. Sarah says:

      Nice work, gentlemen.