Traffic delays expected after Crowchild Trail water main break

A serious water main break late Saturday night in the city's southwest has shut down a section of Crowchild Trail, and it's still not clear when the major artery will fully open to traffic again.

City advising southbound commuters to avoid the 33rd Avenue area Monday morning

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said people planning to take southbound Crowchild Trail near 33rd Avenue southwest on Monday should leave lots of extra time. (CBC)

A serious water main break late Saturday night in the city's southwest has shut down a section of Crowchild Trail, and it's still not clear when the major artery will fully open to traffic again.

The city says southbound lanes from Bow Trail to 33rd Avenue on Crowchild Trail are closed to the general public, with one lane restricted to local residents, transit and emergency vehicles only.

Northbound lanes are open.

The city says access to Mount Royal University, Currie Barracks and the Lincoln Park area is available from northbound Crowchild Trail.

Alternative routes to these areas include Richard Road and 37 Street S.W.

Ward 8 Ald. John Mar says it's still unclear how long repairs will take.

Monday's commute on southbound Crowchild will be bad regardless, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

"Leave lots of extra time, avoid unnecessary travel," he tweeted.

3 unrelated water events

According to the city, there have been three unrelated water events near Crowchild Trail: a blocked sanitary main near Glenmore Trail that has been fixed, a water main break in Marda Loop at 19th Street and 28th Avenue S.W. and the rupture on Crowchild Trail.

CBC reporter Meghan Grant was told by residents of Marda Loop that roughly 40 homes in the area have been without water all day. Water wagons have been dispatched, and the city says it plans to make repairs Monday morning.

It all started when Calgary police were called to the scene near Flanders Avenue and Crowchild Trail at around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday night.

They got to the area only to find southbound Crowchild Trail flooded, as water was flowing freely down the road.

By midnight, Calgary police reported the water to be about 30 centimetres deep in some areas. There were also concerns that the cold temperatures would lead to freezing.

City water crews are working to repair the rupture and are digging up the source to figure out what went wrong.

The same area of road also had to be repaired in April 2011 for a water main break.

A map of the soutbound lane closures on Crowchild Trail. (City of Calgary)