City of Greensboro work crews have had quite a few roads and streets shut down lately, but when it’s unexpected and involves a major road, it’s even more of a problem. On Thursday, April 4, the city announced that a closure of a portion of  West Market Street was underway after a six-inch water main broke at 4500 W. Market St.

In addition to causing lane closures, the break left roughly 35 households without water service.

The break and repairs closed all eastbound lanes of West Market Street from Dartmouth Street to United Street.

Thursday morning, crews were onsite and ready to stay until repairs were complete and the lanes are reopened. The repairs are expected to be finished by 8 p.m. on April 4.

In the meantime, drivers are being asked to use alternate routes and to avoid the area if at all possible.

The city is offering the following instructions for water customers in the area: “If you notice discoloration or cloudy water coming from your tap after the repairs, run cold water for a few minutes through a faucet without an aerator, such as an outside spigot or the bathtub, until clear.”

If you need to report other water and sewer emergencies – or ask questions about – water main breaks, sewer stoppages, taste, odor and discolored drinking water, or hydrant flushing, call 336-373-2033. The line is open 24 hours a day.

If you want to know more about other road closures in Greensboro, you can visit For constant contact regarding these types of issues, you can subscribe to receive regular email notifications about planned work on city streets that may affect your travel.

In recent months the City of Greensboro has been conducting quite a number of street and road projects that have caused traffic flow issues in areas such as Irving Park and Downtown Greensboro, to name just two.