The northbound section of Lahser Road, near Eight Mile, remains closed following the repair of a water main earlier this month.

The northbound section of Lahser Road, near Eight Mile, remains closed following the repair of a water main earlier this month.

File photo by Kayla Dimick


Portion of Lahser Road to remain closed after water main break

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 29, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — Thanks to the weather, the portion of Lahser Road affected by recent water main breaks will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.

In a citywide alert, officials announced Jan. 16 that three water main breaks had occurred in the area of Eight Mile and Lahser roads.

Larry Sirls, the manager of public works operations, said two of the breaks occurred on Eight Mile, and one occurred on Lahser.

According to a tweet from the Road Commission for Oakland County, northbound Lahser, near Eight Mile Road, will remain closed indefinitely.

“The city of Southfield is doing the work, and they have not yet given us a timeline,” Craig Bryson, the public information officer for the Road Commission, said in an email.

Sirls said that, at press time, all of the water mains have been repaired, but crews were waiting to pour concrete to repair the road.

“We’re going to be pouring the lanes. The county chose to pour in regular concrete and not winter mix, so it’s going to be closed longer because it has a longer curing time,” Sirls said.

Since regular concrete will be going in at the site, the curing time is dependent on the weather, Sirls said.

“The county chose the repair method, and they wanted a finished repair. They didn’t want a temporary repair,” Sirls said. “I don’t know how long the cure time will be with the temperatures. It’s going to vary.”

Sirls said crews don’t know the exact cause of the break, but it could likely be an internal issue with pressure valves or the weather.

The infrastructure in the area is old, Sirls said. Just exactly how old was unknown at press time, but he assumed the mains had been built around the 1950s.

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