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Midtown water main break adds new traffic redirects a half-mile from crane removal

The two locations are expected to impact traffic in Midtown Atlanta for at least the next couple of days.
Credit: WXIA
Water main repair at Peachtree and 17th streets on Feb. 20, 2021

ATLANTA — Drivers in Midtown Atlanta working to maneuver around the removal operations for an unstable crane can expect one more traffic challenge - at least for the next couple of days.

The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management is reporting that a water main break in the area of 17th and Peachtree streets will mean a 24-hour road closure at the location - part of a three-day repair operation if weather permits.

"Traffic control measures will be in place to guide motorists through th rework zone," the agency said. "Residents will continue to have access to their homes."

Mail and package delivery as well as emergency services are also expected to remain unimpacted. However alternative parking may be needed for anyone who routinely parks along the streets.

Atlanta Watershed said the break was repaired and water service was restored, but that additional repairs will keep the road closed at 17th and Peachtree until Tuesday.

The agency offered two routes for drivers. For those heading north on Peachtree Street: 

Turn left onto 16th St. NE towards Arts Center Way NE. Turn right onto Arts Center Way NE towards West Peachtree St. NW. Turn right onto West Peachtree St. towards 17th St. NW. Turn left onto 17th St. NW.

And, for those heading east on 17th Street:

Turn right onto Peachtree Circle NE towards 16th St. Turn right onto 16th St. towards Arts Center Way NE. Turn onto Arts Center Way NE towards West Peachtree St. NW. Turn right onto West Peachtree St. towards 17th St. NW. Turn left onto 17th St. NW.

Repair work is expected to last until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, roughly a half-mile away, West Peachtree Street remains shut down between 10th and 14th streets due to the careful removal of a construction crane that has been deemed unstable and in danger of falling.