UPDATE: City Fully Opens Valencia Blvd
One westbound lane on Valencia Boulevard had to be closed for nearly one full day.
Updated 3:21 p.m. Friday.
A ruptured water main and resultant sinkhole prompted traffic alerts and road closures in Valencia Thursday evening. The road closure stayed in effect until just after 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.
KHTS spoke with Keith Abercrombie, Vice President of Operations for Valencia Water Company, who said that at around 5:30pm Thursday, a water main ruptured near the intersection of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway, sending a geyser of water approximately 8 to 10 feet in the air.
Within sixty minutes, Valencia Water had isolated the ruptured pipe and closed the appropriate valve. No residential or business customers lost water service as a result of the rupture.
The flooded roadway at Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway was closed shortly thereafter by sheriff's officials, but the running water at the pipe created a sinkhole approximately 8 feet deep on Valencia Boulevard.
As a result, one westbound Valencia Blvd lane and two northbound McBean Pkwy lanes had to be closed overnight and through Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: At 3:15 p.m. the City of Santa Clarita re-opened all lanes. Traffic is flowing smoothly.
Valencia Water Company crews worked hand in hand with officials from the Gas Company during these repairs, as there were also gas lines in the area.
Immediately following the incident, eastbound Valencia Boulevard was closed between Magic Mountain Parkway and Goldcrest, as was a nearby section of McBean Pkwy, however those lanes all re-opened before the morning commute.
KHTS will update this page with new information as we receive it.