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Major Water Main Break Shuts Down Part of Rt. 1

A major water main break will cause big-time traffic problems in Crystal City during the morning rush hour.

The southbound lanes of Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) are currently closed from I-395 to the McDonald’s near the Reagan National Airport access ramp. The county does not expect to reopen the road until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at the earliest.

Public works crews are on the scene trying to repair three breaks in a 12-inch water main. Heavy digging equipment has been brought in due to part of the road collapsing under the weight of the water.

The county is warning residents and businesses in the area that they may experience low water pressure or a complete water shut-off. When the water pressure returns, residents should run the cold water tap for a few minutes to clear the pipes, the county advises.

Video from the scene, after the jump.

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