Roads closed due to water main break on South University Drive


A Texas Christian University sign displayed on campus on Oct. 7, 2021. The TCU Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition for the 2022-23 year. (Ella Gibson/Staff Reporter)

By Gianna Mares

A Fort Worth city water main break on Feb. 3 caused road closures on South University Drive from West Cantey Street to Berry Street, said Mary Gugliuzza, communications coordinator for the Fort Worth Water Department. 

Road closure on South University Drive in front of Beasley Hall. (Ryan Thorpe)

“The reported time was at 1 p.m.,” said Gugliuzza. The Fort Worth Water Department estimated that it would take 12 hours to fix the line from the time the break was reported.

The 12-inch cast iron water line helps supply drinking water to TCU as well as homes and businesses in the community. 

As of now, TCU is still able to access water, but Gugliuzza said Potbelly Sandwich Shop, located on South University Drive, may be without water. 

“Until we dig it up, we don’t actually know what we are dealing with down there,” said Gugliuzza.

Screenshot of a Twitter post from @FWWater

Gugliuzza said crews are actively working on the break, so give or take time from the estimation.

At this time, the water department is in contact with TCU plumbing to notify them of any updates. 

TCU Chief of Police Robert Rangel notified all students, faculty and staff via email about the incident.

“If you experience any outages, call facilities at 817-257-7957,” Rangel advised. 

Drivers should look for alternative routes to avoid these road closures.