Recycled water pipeline break causes road closures

On Wednesday, May 29, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) issued a Traffic Advisory that the intersection at Newport Coast and San Joaquin Hills Road was closed due to a Water Main Break. They asked the public to avoid north and southbound Newport Coast Drive as well as east and westbound San Joaquin Hills Road until further notice.

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) crews were on scene making repairs.

The pipeline break, which was detected on Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. at Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road, appeared to be isolated, and damage was believed to be limited to the roadway.

IRWD issued a press release on Wednesday, May 29 stating, “The recycled water pipeline break occurred at Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road. Initially, this resulted in the closure of northbound Newport Coast Drive and westbound San Joaquin Hills (Road). One lane has been opened on northbound Newport Coast Drive, but westbound San Joaquin Hills (Road) remains closed.

“IRWD crews are working around the clock to get repairs made and lanes open as soon as possible. Pipeline work is expected to continue through today (May 29), with asphalt restoration taking place on Thursday (May 30). We anticipate the road to be restriped and open as usual by late Friday (May 31).”

According to IRWD, one northbound lane was opened on Newport Coast Drive before 12 p.m. on Wednesday (May 29).

IRWD informed more than 5,000 customers in the Newport Coast area of the situation, via social media, email, text and by phone.

The cause of the pipe break is under investigation.