A section of McCoy Road remained closed to traffic at the beginning of the week after a ruptured water line caused a large sinkhole to open Aug. 23.

A section of McCoy Road remained closed to traffic at the beginning of the week after a ruptured water line caused a large sinkhole to open Aug. 23.

The line itself was repaired and water service restored to the area by mid-afternoon that day, but replacing the destroyed pavement took longer, which necessitated keeping the road closed, UA Public Services Director Darryl Hughes said.

While the line was being fixed, water was shut off on McCoy between Oxford and Woodbridge roads as well as on Clairmont Road and Clairmont Court. In all, 12 hydrants were inoperable, he said.

"The water is all back on," Hughes said.

According to the city's website, the road repairs were more extensive because of the sinkhole and damage caused by leaking water on several areas of roadway.

"There's a few other spots that'll have to be filled in and repaved," Hughes said Friday, Aug. 24. "We're hoping they'll be finished on Monday. Tuesday at the worst."

The affected line is underneath McCoy Road just east of Oxford Road. The force of the break blew off the pavement and created a hole about the size of a lane in width, Hughes said.

"It blew a pretty good-sized hole out of the pavement right at the break," he said.

The city announced at 8:40 a.m. Aug. 23 that the section of McCoy Road would close while the Columbus Public Utilities Department repaired the broken line. Traffic was diverted to Lane Avenue.

Columbus provides and maintains Upper Arlington's water service, Hughes said, and is responsible for repairs.

"Our main role as the city is to take care of all the road closures and detours," he said.

Hughes said the ruptured line was old. Nothing physically happened that caused it to break, he said.

"It was just an old line that decided to break," he said.