Draper officials expect to open major road late Wednesday night

Posted at 5:12 PM, Mar 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-04 13:54:43-05

DRAPER, Utah - A water main break in Draper is slowing the commute for drivers Wednesday.

"Closed" signs went up in Draper Tuesday evening after a water main break forced several businesses to shut down.

"I was just coming to get some tacos, but they're closed," Cynthia Talbot said, who was trying to dine at the DelTaco along 12300 South.

The eatery was one of several that lost water along the road, which suffered significant damage.

According to Draper Police, the eastbound lanes of 12300 South will be shut down until late Wednesday night while the piping is repaired.

"This covers two of our main intersections right here, 123rd and Factory Outlet Drive," Draper police Sgt. Scott Adams said.

The break occurred in a 14-inch water pipe just after 5 p.m.

Initially, water was spilling out on top of the street but as traffic continued to flow it eventually buckled due to the weight.

"A school bus that went through actually kind of tore up the road," Darrin Jensen said, CEO of Water Pro.

As the private utility for the city, Water Pro is responsible for the piping.

According to Jensen, the area that broke was only 10 to 15 years old.

"It is a mess," Jensen said. "And yes, time to time, things like this will happen."

The company also advised area properties to flush out their systems because of possible discoloration.

"Our 7 million gallon tank dropped like two feet, which is a lot of water," Jensen said. "But because of the reserves we have the city is just fine."

The Draper Police Department is advising drivers along I-15 to use either 11400 or 14600 S. Wednesday.