Southbound lanes of Rockville Pike re-open after water main break

Updated at 10:38 a.m.

The southbound lanes of Rockville Pike have re-opened after an earlier water main break.

In a Twitter post, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said at 10:38 a.m. that two of the southbound lanes on Rockville Pike at Edson Lane had re-opened as crews continue to work to fix the pipe.

Updated at 9:16 a.m.

Police said Rockville Pike northbound lanes is open, but southbound lanes remain closed after an early morning water main break. Water authorities had said it would take up to eight hours to fix the break.

One lane of the road still remains closed.

Original post at 6 a.m.

Rockville Pike near the White Flint Mall in Rockville was shut down in both directions Friday morning because of a water main break.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said the pipe ruptured about 3:30 a.m. on Rockville Pike, a main commuter artery. The roadway is closed between Edson Lane and Flanders Avenue. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

A WSSC spokesman said it could take six to eight hours — at a minimum — to fix the broken water pipe. Water service has been impacted to 11 customers, according to Jerry Irvine, a spokesman with WSSC.

Metro said buses that service that area may also be impacted and have delays.

On social media, pictures of gushing water showed it turning to ice in some parts of the roadway.

There are also three water main breaks in Virginia — two in Alexandria and another in Fairfax County.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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