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One lane of southbound Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle opens after rush-hour mess


Water main break on Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle. (Arielle Retting/The Washington Post)

Updated at 10:39 a.m.:

DC Water said one lane of southbound Connecticut Avenue is now open as crews are working to fix an early morning water main break in the Dupont Circle area. Officials now estimate that repairs will be complete at 4 p.m.

The closed-off sections of Connecticut Avenue caused major delays in the downtown area for commuters.

Here are some pictures of the section of pipe affected via DC Water’s Twitter feed:

And this one:

Updated at 9:01 a.m.:

Connecticut Avenue headed south to Dupont Circle is facing heavy traffic delays as parts of the road are closed so crews can work to fix and clean up an earlier water main break.

Updated at 7:37 a.m.:

The southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue NW in Dupont Circle will remain closed until sometime between 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday as crews work to fix an earlier water main break. The 12-inch break involved a pipe that was installed in 1949, authorities said.

Updated at 6:32 a.m.:

Officials with the District’s Department of Transportation said the southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue NW between N Street and Jefferson Place in Dupont Circle remain closed and expect them to remain closed until 10 a.m. as crews work to fix an overnight water main break.

The 12-inch break is also affecting surrounding streets. Eighteenth Street NW between Jefferson Place and M Street is also closed.

Crews were working to pump out out of the area early Tuesday morning.

Officials said cold weather could have played a role in the water main break. Four commercial businesses in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue are without water, according to John Lisle, a spokesman for the D.C.’s department of water.

Original post at 5:38 a.m.:

A water main break Tuesday has closed part of Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle and commuters should use alternate routes as the roads will be closed through the morning rush hour.

The break occurred in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue. The road’s southbound lanes are closed at N and 18th streets NW. Jefferson and M streets are also closed where they intersect with Connecticut Avenue.

The break occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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