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Posted at 7:26 PM ET, 03/ 2/2010

Avoid Crystal City roads in a.m., officials warn

By Clarence Williams

Update, 2:40 a.m.:

Repair work to two water-main breaks in Crystal City likely will snarl the Wednesday morning rush hour, Arlington County officials warn. They advise commuters to seek alternative routes and avoid the area.

Crews worked for hours late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to repair the breaks in the 2600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway and at Jefferson Davis and South 23rd Street. The road is one of Arlington’s busiest corridors.

Update, 10:18 p.m.:

Officials in Arlington County are now saying that two water mains, not one, broke tonight off of Jefferson-Davis Highway in the Crystal City area. The water is still flowing, as workers try to find the precise locations of the pipe failures. And residents are being advised not to drink water that's visibly dirty.

Traffic is being detoured for about a mile along the road, which is one of Arlington's most heavily traveled corridors.

The water-main breaks -- in the 2600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway and at Jefferson Davis and South 23rd Street -- raise the possibility of problems with the morning commute. Officials said late Tuesday night that repairs could take hours, once they start.


Earlier:

Authorities shut down two lanes of outbound traffic on Route 1 in Crystal City Tuesday night due to a water-main break, which could cause significant delays at the end of the evening commute, Arlington police said.

Officials responded to the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and 23rd Street about 6:45 p.m. Two lanes of the three-lane road were closed. No further details were immediately available.

-- Clarence Williams

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2010; 7:26 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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