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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Large water main break in the District

By Washington Post editors


The water main break disrupting traffic near 17th and P streets NW occurred after a contractor began working on a streetscape project in the area, Department of Transportation officials say.

The contractor lifted a catch basin, or manhole cover, and the water main broke. Officials said the 20 inch main was installed in the 1880s.

The District's Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay away from 17th and P streets NW. There's a large water main break.

And a reader to DCist sent the web site a picture from the scene.

By Washington Post editors  | January 11, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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America does not want to face it but we need a major infrastructure program to take place. our cities and towns are falling apart!

Posted by: oknow1 | January 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Our priorities are all fouled up. Overseas, trillions of dollars for Iraq and Afghanistan. At home, trillions of dollars to run the largest prison system in the WORLD (2.5 million Americans living behind bars).

All while we have century-old infrastructure failing a few blocks from the White House.

What an insanely dysfunctional country we have become.

Posted by: KAR_120C | January 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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