Water main break closes Capital Beltway inner loop

By on Jan 24, 2011 in United States Comments

Maryland, USA – A large water main pipe broke between the Ritchie Marlboro Road and Route 214 in Prince George County, and caused the Capital Beltway‘s inner loop to be closed on early Monday, according to US news sites.

Water main break
Photo credit: WashingtonPost.com

News reports said that the 54-inch pipe was broken at about 4 a.m. (US time) on Monday, and water began to spill to as high as 3 feet until it became a huge sheet of ice, with the temperature of about 10 degrees.

The ice then covered a big portion of the highway, which forced all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 to be closed for a couple of hours, about an hour later. Authorities then said that delays of travelers are being expected.

As a result, one car was said to have crashed and was stuck in the highway and was followed by others, as news sites such as Washington Post have been monitoring the closely and updating their post as they happens.

“Our focus, our priority right now is getting the main shut down, finding the valves, so we can stop the water from flowing,” Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) spokesperson Lyn Riggins told the news.

Meanwhile, the Maryland State Highway Administration have sent salt and sand trucks to the affected area to treat the ice, and will wait until the large water main shuts off, while a traffic rerouting scheme was then advised.

As of this writing, the US Census Bureau was declared closed due to the water main break and employees were advised to have their day off.

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