Cobb Pkwy water main repairs could take all day



MARIETTA, Ga. - All-day repairs to a broken water main break could impede traffic at a busy Marietta intersection, road officials say.

The broken main was near the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Street, close to the local landmark known as the "Big Chicken." The intersection was closed much of Saturday night.

Marietta police said at 8:30 p.m. Saturday that Cobb Parkway was shut down in both directions at Roswell Street.

Just before 11 p.m., crews were able to stop the estimated 10,000 gallons of water per minute flowing out of the broken 36- to 48-inch pipe, but had not yet pinpointed the location of the break.

Police reopened Cobb Parkway in both directions about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Channel 2's Amanda Cook saw workers bring in heavy machinery for repairs about 9 a.m.

She said the right lane of Cobb Parkway remains closed to traffic because the ground may be soft.

"This is an extremely busy area," said Marietta Police Sgt. Tim Lemming.

Lemming said the broken water main is one of the largest he's seen.

Police, firefighters and water crews all responded, many up to their knees in water, all trying to get traffic rerouted and keep everyone safe.

Check back for updates on and watch live developments on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.



The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.