Burst water pipe delays morning traffic in To Kwa Wan

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 2:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 3:33pm

Traffic in To Kwa Wan was thrown into chaos after an ageing underground water pipe burst on Wednesday morning.

The 15-inch saltwater pipe under the pavement outside To Kwa Wan Market burst at around 6am. A large quantity of water and sand poured out onto the road, scattering damaged pavement bricks about.

While workers repaired the pipe and road, and cleaned up the area, the section of Ma Tau Wai Road between Sheung Heung Road and Chi Kang Street was closed.

Both lanes of Ma Tau Wai Road – a major road linking Kowloon City with Hung Hom and a cross harbour tunnel – saw serious congestion due to the burst.

As a result, about 20 buses had to change their routes or delay their schedule, which affecting hundreds of commuters during the morning rush hours.

Some passengers said they had to wait an hour or more than usual to board a bus to work.

The Water Supplies Department said the 30-year-old pipe, which had been previously checked and found to be in a poor but functional state, had been scheduled for replacement.

The pipe burst near a construction site that is part of the MTR Shatin to Central link project. The MTR Corp said it was checking if the work at the site had anything to do with the pipe bursting.

The department said it hoped to have the repairs finished and the closed section of the road open sometime on Wednesday afternoon.