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Southbound PCH reopens in Santa Monica after water main break [Updated]

May 27, 2010 |  9:03 am

Santa Monica police have reopened the southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway after containing a ruptured water line that covered the road with water and mud Thursday morning.

Southbound PCH was reopened about 8 a.m., and police estimate the northbound lanes will be reopened between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., said Sgt. Brent Crafton.

The highway was closed after an alleged drunk driver hit an above-ground water line early Thursday, unleashing a gusher of water that eroded a hillside and covered the road with water and mud.

The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

[Updated at 9:20 a.m.: The westbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Santa Monica also had been closed to prevent traffic from going onto PCH. Those lanes reopened about seven hours later, at 9:18 a.m., said Francisco Villalobos, a CHP spokesman.]

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: Cal Trans crews continue to work on the northbound lanes of PCH after a water main rupture closed the highway early Thursday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times