Water main break disrupts Auburn Avenue

Crews were on the scene of a water main break Saturday evening in the area of Auburn Avenue and Jessie Hill Jr. Drive.

Watershed Management spokeswoman Janet Ward said crews were trying to determine the location of the break in the area near Big Bethel A.M.E Church. Portions of Auburn Avenue were closed.

There were earlier reports of the smell of gas but Ward said Atlanta Gas Light determined there was no broken gas line.

Channel 2 Action News reported pipes were being installed in the area as part of a streetcar project. The city of Atlanta is spending nearly $10 million to tear up streets and move utilities in preparation for a trolley that is expected to extend from the Centennial Olympic Park area to King Center on Auburn Avenue.

At least one resident said locals and businesses in the area will be glad when the construction is completed and life gets back to normal.

“I understand the progress and the improvement, but I’m really hoping they get this project done [and[ get the businesses opened back up where they can make as much money as they’ve been [making] and we can live in some sort of peace,” Kevin Jones told Channel 2.