Water Restrictions Lifted After Main Repair

Part of Connecticut Avenue will remain closed

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:56 AM EDT
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Water Main Break Leads to Traffic Jams, Restrictions

Traffic on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, Md., started moving again Tuesday evening after a massive water main break shut down part of the road. But as News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss found, the impact on the area will continue for days.

Power Lines Topple and Flash at Water Main Break

Crews had a scare shortly before 5:20 a.m. when a tree came down at the scene due to the saturated ground. The tree brought down some additional power lines, which dashed hopes for a 6 a.m. road opening.
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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has lifted water restrictions for customers affected by a water main break in Chevy Chase.

WSSC spokesman I.J. Hudson announced Saturday afternoon that the 60-inch water transmission main had been repaired and returned to service.

Mandatory water restrictions were put in place in Montgomery and Prince George's County after the break Monday that caused a geyser which shot water about 30 feet into the air. In all, WSSC estimates that 60 million gallons of water were lost and implemented water restrictions for businesses and residents soon after the break. The cause is still under investigation, and may take several months to be determined.

“We thank our customers for their conservation efforts and patience as we repaired this important transmission main, and we deeply regret the inconvenience this caused. " WSSC GM/CEO Jerry N. Johnson said in a statement. “And I thank our people who worked tirelessly to be sure the repairs were made quickly and safely. Our investigation of this incident will be thorough so we can fully understand what took place and take appropriate action.”

Though the repair is now complete, the area of the break still needs to be restored. The far right lane on the northbound side of Connecticut Avenue will remain closed until further notice as crews repair the roadway and sidewalk, remove damaged trees, and work on the stream bed near the break.

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