Water from a broken trunk main burst through onto Woodward Street between March and Byng Streets on Saturday afternoon, closing the road for 36 hours while council workers moved quickly to replace pipes.
Crews were quickly on the scene to discover the break was in a 300 mm water main, which takes water from reservoir to reservoir instead of supplying homes with water.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said crews did well to fix the 20 metres of road.
“The crew were working in a foot of water about a metre and a half below the street level,” Cr Kidd said.
“They did a fantastic job and had the new section of 300 mm pipe in place by midnight Saturday.”
“To have a hole of that size in a major road was a real problem, but then to have traffic back on the highway by 5am on Monday morning was a tremendous effort by our council staff and I’d like to thank them for their hard work.”
A contractor due to start work re-sealing in William Street on Sunday night was diverted to hot-mix Woodward Street.