City work crews were picking up some weekend cash on Saturday, as a number of water mains around the city decided to break at around the same time. Fulton Avenue at Fourth avenue West seemed to be the most problematic, as water flowed like a river down Fulton towards the college and on to Third Avenue late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
The resulting upheaval of pavement and need to dig to find the problem caused some traffic concerns as the main north/south route to the downtown area was closed to traffic.
Over on the east side of the city, Jamaica features a huge hole in the road at India as another water main looks to have erupted, causing significant damage to the road and resulting in a large hole taking up a good portion of the street which necessitated closing the street to through traffic.
Reports to the htmf site also have other details of a water main breaking on 8th Avenue West around the same time as the other two problems took place.
Rupert’s infrastructure has been living on borrowed time for a number of years now and it’s been a concern of many a city council over the years that the crumbling streets and water mains would one day provide for an expensive bit of replacement.
City council has already approved a 12.5 percent tax increase , effective on New Year's Day, just to deal with the every day rising water and sewer expenses of the city, it will be with interest that tax payers watch to see how the plan to approach what seems to be an immediate need for some infrastructure maintenance and repair.