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Water Main Break To Tie Up NE D.C. Traffic

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By David Schultz

The 12-inch water main broke early this morning. But Alan Heymann, a spokesman with D.C.'s Water and Sewer Authority, says it didn't slow down the a.m. rush hour too much, because only the outbound lanes of New York Avenue were closed.

"The major impact on traffic was just people slowing down to take a look at what was happening," he says.

But Heymann says that won't be the case this afternoon.

"This afternoon there's going to be a major traffic impact on westbound New York Avenue," he says.

D.C.'s Department of Transportation is setting up detours, but it reports cars are already backing up on New York Avenue before Montana Avenue.

Heymann says Water and Sewer Authority crews hope to have this main repaired before tomorrow's morning rush. He also says the cause of the break is still unknown.

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