Red phone: Water main causes detour downtown

San Benito Street is closed for repair.

Downtown Hollister had another water main break that is causing traffic detours, this time on San Benito Street near the 7-11.

The main break occurred early in the week south of Haydon Street on San Benito Street. As of about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the water service was back on, while public works employees continued backfilling the hole into the afternoon. The city, meanwhile, set up a detour for affected drivers.

It comes after the most recent main breaks to the downtown area system in early February – residents and businesses have become somewhat accustomed to them in recent years – on Fourth Street near the sheriff’s administration building and also on Madera Court.

Public works utilities official Jim Hart said workers will have the work done before the week is up.

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