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Aurora Avenue Closure Questions Answered

99 closureA Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) repair crew is performing an emergency repair to remove debris and clear a blocked sewer line on Aurora Avenue, from Ward to Comstock Streets.

Why are two lanes of traffic closed? The maintenance holes that provide access to the sewer line are located between the northbound and southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue. To safely access the sewer pipe, the repair crew needs to close the inside lane of traffic in both directions.

What work is currently happening? The repair crew is currently attempting to clear the blocked sewer line, assess the condition of the pipe and determine if additional repairs will need to be made. At this time no road pavement is being removed.

Why does this repair work have to happen now? A blocked sewer line will eventually result in sewer backups into area homes and businesses. Sewage from the line is currently being temporarily diverted to prevent this.

How was the leak discovered? SPU crews investigating a sewer overflow on November 13 determined that the overflow was the result of a blockage in the line along Aurora Avenue.

How long will this portion of Aurora Avenue be closed?  At this point, the closure will last until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21.  SPU will continue to assess the problem and provide additional information to the public as soon as it becomes available.