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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 06/23/2010

I-270 open for evening commute

By Washington Post editors

Interstate 270 is fully open for the Wednesday afternoon rush as utility crews repair a broken water main that closed the highway and snarled traffic through upper Montgomery County for much of Wednesday morning.

Three Gaithersburg apartment complexes remain hooked up to a temporary water supply, but no houses or businesses have lost water, said a spokesman for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: The apartment complexes hooked up to a temporary water line are Montgomery Club VII on Killarney Lane, London Dairy Towers on Kings James Way and London Dairy Apartments on Trafalgar Square, according to the WSSC.

The 20-inch concrete pipe burst late Tuesday night in the 300 block of Muddy Branch Road after a contractor doing underground utility work for the Maryland State Highway Administration hit it with a piece of equipment, said WSSC spokesman John White. Water from the rupture resulted in power lines coming down across the highway.

White said utility crews will begin repairing the broken pipe Wednesday afternoon.

-- Katherine Shaver

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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