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Water main break near Comerica Park fixed ahead of home opener

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 48-inch water main break outside Comerica Park has been fixed in time for Opening Day, according to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

"Crews are restoring (the) area with new cement today," officials tweeted Tuesday, ahead of Friday's big game. The tweet included a picture of crews smoothing cement as the stadium's tiger statues prowled in the distance.

"We had crews on 12-hour days and worked the weekend," officials said in a follow-up tweet.

The break took one week to fix, on an expedited schedule in an area already plagued by preparations for the QLine along Woodward Avenue. The pipe mainly serves the MGM Grand Casino, DWSD spokesman Bryan Peckinpaugh said last week.

Repairs began March 29 as contractors with the DWSD worked with crews from the Great Lakes Water Authority to speed the project. Some more complicated fixes can take weeks to complete, but officials wanted this break fixed in time for the first home pitch of the season.

Tigers spokesman Ron Colangelo last week urged fans to plan ahead regardless of the water main repair status. Lingering QLine work could still cause traffic headaches caused by construction in the area.

"Come to the ballpark early, for parking reasons and to get through the gates. There’s plenty to do (inside the park),” said Colangelo, adding that gates will open Friday two hours before first pitch at 1:08 p.m. against the New York Yankees. “The key is to give yourself more time.”


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