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Water main break closes busy road in Alexandria

All lanes of Washington Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria remained closed early Sunday afternoon as a crew worked to repair a water main break that threatened a controversial Confederate memorial statue.

Traffic on Washington Street - which is the stretch of the George Washington Parkway that runs through Old Town Alexandria - was closed between King Street and Duke Street beginning early Sunday morning.

A water main directly below the statute at the center of the intersection of Washington and Prince streets broke Sunday morning, and a Virginia American Water crew was digging into a large hole at the west side of the statue's base. As of noon, the statue still stood, but the curbing and concrete at its base had been torn apart.

The bronze statue of a solemn Confederate soldier, erected in 1889, honors those from Alexandria who died fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The statue's rear end is seen from the north.

As heavy rain fell in Old Town at noon Sunday, it was unclear whether it would be necessary to temporarily remove the statue to fix the break. Crews expected to be working on the problem well into the afternoon.

-- Josh White

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 17, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
 | Tags: Alexandria, water main break  
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Alexandria is supposed to be a progressive town, tear down the racist statue.

How many German towns have statues of Hitler?

Posted by: member5 | January 19, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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