Aventura - Sunny Isles

New Aventura break causes shutdown of street, after causeway just reopened

The William Lehman Causeway in Northeast Miami-Dade reopened Saturday afternoon after a shutdown from a sewage-pipe break, but a new break less than a half mile away has caused new streets to close.

Aventura police said Saturday afternoon that all lanes on the causeway had reopened, but a new break prompted police to shut down southbound West Country Club Drive at Spoke Road. The northbound remained open.

According to WSVN, a water valve broke near the William Lehman Causeway in Aventura as crews were in the process of completing repairs.

Aventura police shut down the east-west causeway around 10 p.m. Thursday, and at one point police from Sunny Isles Beach warned that it could be closed for days.

Police officers got a call late Thursday when a vehicle hit a pothole on the causeway, which links Aventura at U.S. 1 to Sunny Isles Beach at A1A. Aventura Mall is just a few blocks north of the causeway in the congested corridor.

“The integrity of the road was actually collapsing,” Aventura police officer Hans Maestre told reporters at the scene.

Crews worked through Saturday to repair the break in the 24-inch pipe, which was installed in 1979. The pipe is 12 feet underground and underneath the water table in the area, and that made repairs a challenge.

County workers were able to stop the sewage flow out of the breach by 1:15 a.m. Friday. There was no estimate of how much sewage was discharged, Water & Sewer agency spokeswoman Jennifer Messemer-Skold said.

The cause of the water main break is still unknown, but age and deterioration are suspects, she said.

Miami Herald staff writer Douglas Hanks contributed to this report.

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