Water-line break on Franklin in Meridian clogs traffic

A water-main break flooded a section of busy Franklin Road late Thursday morning, and repair work is expected to continue through the Friday morning commute, the Ada County Highway District reports.

One lane of traffic is open in each direction, but motorists should expect major delays. ACHD advises Franklin Road drivers to find an alternate route until after Friday morning. The line was repaired by late Thursday afternoon, but work to repair the road continues.

The 12-inch line broke near Adkins Way, blocking the westbound lanes just west of the Locust Grove intersection. The Meridian Water Division is leading the repairs.

Some residents in the area may notice their water is discolored as a result of the water main break, the Meridian Water Division reports.

“Due to the high flows caused by the line break, naturally occurring minerals were stirred up, which can cause water discoloration,” said Dennis Teller, city water superintendent.

Teller said the water is safe, but if residents notice discoloration they should refrain from washing white clothes and run cold water for 10 to 15 minutes until it clears. If residents have questions or issues with their water, they can call 888-5242.