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A water main break closed down a portion of Route 123 Northbound near Chain Bridge Road and Tysons Boulevard in Virginia, causing traffic disruptions.
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A water main break closed down a portion of Route 123 Northbound near Chain Bridge Road and Tysons Boulevard in Virginia, causing traffic disruptions.

By Kavitha Cardoza

A water main break closed down a portion of Route 123 Northbound near Chain Bridge Road and Tysons Boulevard in Virginia early this morning. But even though one lane of the three lane road is set to reopen, major traffic disruptions are expected through the evening rush hour commute.

Crews are expected to work late into the night fixing the 20-inch water main break.

"We have a very large hole or crater that has to be repaired," says Captain Susan Culin with the Fairfax County Police Department.

That's where a contractor hit the concrete line. But Culin says there's also significant damage to the road surface.

"The water got up under the pavement and that caused the pavement to sort of buckle; so you have a rippling effect of 8 to 10 inches where the actual asphalt surface is buckled up," she says.

Steven Titunik with the Virginia Department of Transportation says approximately 2,900 vehicles pass through that stretch of road during the evening rush hour commute.

Titunik warns commuters to expect backups. The repairs are expected to be completed in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour.

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