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Cabrillo Bridge reopens after water pipe leak

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Cabrillo Bridge over the 163 in Balboa Park has reopened to vehicle traffic. It was closed most of the day because of a corroded air valve that caused a water main to leak.

Crews had to carefully shut down the 36-inch main that runs inside the bridge. 

For some, it was an oasis on a hot day.

"I mean if you're thirsty get a water bottle up there...maybe you can get a little sip," said Lois Fong-Sakai. 

For others, all that water was a waste. 

"Especially when we have a's criminal. It's just criminal. It's really upsetting there is no way to get it off the bridge," said Maggie Meyer and Donna Long. 

David Lundin even gave the huge leak a proper name.

"They just did the retrofit...almost finished it and hopefully as part of that retrofit they anticipated heavy rain, not so much this, and the water flow is being controlled safely and properly," Lundin said. "But it doesn't look like it right now, you wouldn't have lake Cabrillo if it was being handled properly."

The city says a corroded air valve caused the leak and to fix it they had to shut down a 36-inch water main. That's a slow process, so that's why so much water got out. Another factor that played a big role was the recent construction on the Cabrillo Bridge. Because of it, the storm drains were closed.

"I know the city of San Diego is a pretty old city," Fong-Sakai said. "A lot of the water pipes were put in 100 years ago, and unfortunately there is a limited life span on water lines and we just don't know when they're gonna fail."

One thing the break caused was a much needed cool down for pets.

Dora Brazell and Vanessa Ocasio brought out their pets, but admitted, the people found the water refreshing too.

"Oh yeah they're cooling their feet off so you know. They're liking it a lot," they said. "I won't lie I stepped in it too, I played, I confess."

Luckily this didn't affect water service for anyone. As for the repairs, the city hopes everything will be done by tonight.

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