'Fountains' Sprout From Bryn Mawr as Workers Flush New Water Mains

By Benjamin Woodard on July 22, 2014 1:18pm 

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 Bryn Mawr was full of water Tuesday, creating a "weird" sight for some.
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EDGEWATER — The weather was hot — and the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and North Broadway was flowing with water.

Six copper pipes protruded from manholes, spewing fountain-like streams of water a few feet into the air and onto the sides of passing cars as workers continued to replace the century-old water mains along Bryn Mawr.

A construction worker on the scene said the water cascading from the pipes was flushing out a newly installed main.

"It looks like a fountain, right?" the worker said.

He and his colleagues were waiting for the city to come out to test the water for contaminants, he said.

For passers-by, the scene was a peculiar one.

"It's really weird," said Timie Ogutuga, a Jehovah's Witness who was greeting people at the intersection Tuesday. "It's right in the middle of the street."

Crews have been working to replace the water mains on Bryn Mawr since earlier this month.

The first phase of the project, from Kenmore to Winthrop avenues, has mostly been completed, according to Ald. Harry Osterman (48th). The second phase, from Winthrop to Broadway, should be completed July 30.

The final phase of the project would take place between Broadway and Glenwood Avenue.

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