It was suppose to be a straight forward and easy hydrant replacement. The job was planned to be completed before 5 AM.
When they went to turn off the water line to the hydrant they discovered that it was leaking. So they had to replace the shutoff valve. That complete they started on the hydrant and that's when the water line between the shutoff valve and the hydrant failed. The result was partial shutdown of PCH and the closing of the first block of Forest Ave.
North bound PCH was reduced to one lane. By 9 AM the north bound traffic was a mess.
So goes another day in Paradise.