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Main break snarls traffic in Schaumburg, Arlington Hts.

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  • John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.

       John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg Public Works employees try to unfreeze equipment while digging to expose a water main break at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.

       Schaumburg Public Works employees try to unfreeze equipment while digging to expose a water main break at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.

       John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Schaumburg public works crews are on the scene Tuesday of a water main break that caused significant traffic delays along eastbound Algonquin Road. As of 5 p.m., officials said it would still take several hoursto fix because of the need to work around utility cables near the main break.

Several trucks as well as an excavator were at the site of the break, which occurred along the south side of Algonquin Road between Thoreau Drive and Meacham Road. The work forced the closure of one of the eastbound lanes of Algonquin, backing up traffic at times past Quentin Road.

In Arlington Heights, Euclid Avenue at Drury Lane was closed for about three hours Tuesday morning by a main break.

The break was reported about 6 a.m. It was repaired after about three hours, but it took longer to remove most of the ice in the area, said Jeff Musinski, utility superintendent in the public works department. "It was a skating rink," he said.

While the area was passable by noon, signs were posted warning motorists of ice, he said.

The village has had a smattering of other breaks, mostly related to the extreme cold, he said.

"All communities are experiencing this," he said.

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