Perfect storm: Wingfield Springs traffic mess Friday

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO)-- Truckee Meadows Water Authority now says it was not a broken water main, but a broken water valve 14 feet underground that led to the closure of Vista Boulevard into Wingfield Springs Friday. A spokesman also says part of what took so long was that crews had to navigate the same closure everyone else did before getting there to find the valve, which is old enough that its type is no longer used.

Water on Vista Boulevard from a water main break. Photo by Abel Garcia/KOLO.

Water has since been fully restored. The leak was in the Peppergrass Drive area.

“We want to thank all of the agencies for pulling together,” said Andy Gebhardt, director of operations & water quality for Truckee Meadows Water Authority. “They were here all night until we located the problem and replaced the valve in a very difficult and deep location. Thanks also to our customers for their patience and understanding.”

The break was reported about 5:45 p.m. June 15, 2018. The road was reopened and water service restored about 15 hours later.

Gephardt says a new water system was already scheduled to be in place in that area in about six months.

The Vista closure meant backups also on Pyramid Highway, the other route into Wingfield Springs, via La Posada. That was problematic as well, because La Posada itself is closed because of roadwork, meaning a detour through residential neighborhoods north of La Posada.

Traffic backed up on Vista Boulevard near Los Altos parkway due to a water main break. Photo by Pat Thomas/KOLO.