Water main break in Montgomery Co. will close roads into Saturday

Water main break in NE DC leaves homes without water

A water main break on University Boulevard in Montgomery County, Maryland, will keep a stretch of the road closed Saturday.

A water main break that caused delays on University Boulevard in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Friday will keep a stretch of the road closed Saturday.

The eastbound lanes are completely closed, and one westbound lane is closed between Piney Branch Road and Carroll Avenue, county officials said.

In an alert, the county told drivers to expect significant delays and seek an alternate route.

The 12-inch break affected six customers, including one business, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said.

The utility didn’t have a restoration time as of Friday night, but said a water station is in place for those affected. It has been set up in the parking lot of the University Boulevard Medical Plaza between Forston Street and Carroll Avenue.

Residents nearby have endured occasional water outages in recent years as a result of leaks and breaks under University Boulevard, WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildine said.

The same stretch of the road was closed in both directions after a portion of the main ruptured in August 2016.

WTOP Traffic Center records reveal other pipe failures east of Piney Branch Road in early February 2019 and as recently as last December. In every case, repairs required partial or complete road closures.

Below is the location of the water main break.

WTOP’s Alicia Abelson contributed to this report.

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