UPDATE: Water main break on Orange Ave. causes lane collapse - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATE: Water main break on Orange Ave. causes lane collapse

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ROANOKE -

UPDATE: (3:40 p.m.)

Hollins Rd opened up at about 3 p.m. and Orange Avenue westbound lane is on track to reopen temporarily at 4:30 p.m. for rush hour traffic.

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UPDATE: (11:04 a.m.)

The Western Virginia Water Authority said water was restored at 9:40 a.m. on Orange Avenue. Crews are now working to fill the hole and repair the stormwater line.

The goal is to put a temporary patch on the hole before 5 p.m..

From there they will close the westbound lanes overnight to put a smooth patch over the road. 

A spokesperson for the water authority said the road is partly made of limestone. Since water dissolves limestone, they believe that caused the road to collapse.

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UPDATE (7:40 a.m.)

Crews are still on scene at the corner of Orange Ave. and Williamson Rd. working to repave the roads following an early-morning water main break. The westbound lane of Orange Avenue is closed to traffic until further notice.

The Western Virginia Water Authority is in charge of repaving, and at this point crews do not have a set timeline for when the road will be reopened to traffic. They're hoping to have the work finished sometime later today.

If you're trying to get onto I-581, you'll have to make the right at Williamson Road and access 581 from Hershberger Rd.

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UPDATE (4:45 a.m.) -

Crews from the Western Virginia Water Authority are working to repair a water main break in the 300 block of Orange Avenue in Roanoke.

Crews say a 12-inch water line broke around 2 a.m.  in front of the Sheetz on Orange Avenue. The break has been isolated, and crews are now working to repair the break and restore the road that was damaged. 

The westbound side of Orange Avenue is closed from the 581 ramp to Williamson Road. A detour is in place today. Be sure to use caution when traveling that way.

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 ROANOKE (WSLS) - Roanoke City Police are reporting that a water main break near the Sheetz at the intersection of Orange Ave. and Williamson Road has caused a portion of the westbound lane on Orange Avenue to collapse. The westbound lane from the 581 ramp to Williamson Road is closed off until further notice.

For westbound Orange Ave. drivers looking to get on 581, you'll have to make the right at Williamson Road and access 581 from Hershberger Road.

We have a crew headed that way and will have the latest live on WSLS 10 Today starting at 5:00 a.m.

Keep checking our website for updates.
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