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Utility repair work complete on Park Heights Ave. in Pikesville

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Crews have completed repairs to a leaking water main that had slowed traffic along Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road in Pikesville, according to public works officials.

The repairs were completed about 11 p.m. Wednesday, said Kurt Kocher, a Baltimore City public works spokesman.

State highway officials had cautioned motorists to expect major delays near Old Court Road and Park Heights Avenue as crews worked to repair the main.

The water main is located on Old Court. Public works crews closed several lanes in the area, including access to southbound Park Heights Avenue south of Old Court, according to the State Highway Administration.

Kocher said the leak was on a 16-inch main. Repairs started on Wednesday.

The highway administration kept a salt truck there to prevent ice from running water in the cold temperatures, spokesman Charlie Gischlar said. The intersection is located in Baltimore County, but the underground water infrastructure is owned by the city, Gischlar said.

"It was difficult to locate initially because there are two mains there," Kocher said. Residents were without water for more than 11 hours.

The city, which has been plagued by water main breaks in its aging infrastructure system, plans to spend $300 million over the next five years to replace water mains.

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