It's expected to take several hours to fix a water main break that's caused a road closure in Troy. Our Erin Connolly has the latest from 6th Avenue in Troy.
TROY, N.Y. -- Another water main break in the city of Troy shuts down traffic on Sixth Avenue between Federal Street and Jacob Street on Wednesday.
The 12-inch break was reported just after midnight.
Troy Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan said, "We're going to dig it up, fill it, and patch it up the best we can, and then in the spring we will fix it permanently."
Water main breaks are becoming all too common in the Collar City. Wednesday's break marks the 20th one so far this winter.
"It is actually colder so we have had just a few more. Winter is not over yet so we will see how many we wind up with," said Tom Barcsz, the water and sewer supervisor for Troy Public Utilities.
Crews blame century-old pipes and the brutal northeast weather as the root of the problem.
"I don't think Troy is alone in this problem. If you talk to any upstate northern city they have old infrastructure. We have extremely cold weather. There is a lot of snow and equipment on the road, and sometimes pipes break," explained Ryan.
A water main break takes nearly half of a day to fix, and is included in the city's budget.
Barcsz said, "I can't tell you how many miles of pipes we have in the city of Troy that are 100-years-old, but it would cost a fortune."