Telegraph Road closed in Fairfax Co. after water main break

A portion of Telegraph Road is closed in Fairfax County, Virginia, as crews work to mend a broken 12-inch water main.

Fairfax Water crews continue to work on the repairs as of Wednesday afternoon, with plans to wok on temporary paving Wednesday night in time for completion Thursday, Fairfax Water spokeswoman Susan Miller said. Earlier, the utility expected it to be completed before the Wednesday evening rush hour.

The break was reported just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on Telegraph Road, near the turnoff for Browne Academy, according to Miller.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the WTOP Traffic Center reports Telegraph Road in the Alexandria area of the county is closed to all traffic between Franconia Road and Sharon Chapel Road. Drivers may consider U.S. Route 1 as an alternative.

For the latest road and traffic conditions, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM.

A photo tweeted by Fairfax County police shows damage to the road surface affecting both directions:

The segment of the broken main has been isolated and there is no impact to neighboring water service, Miller said.

Updates on repairs will be posted on the utility’s website.

Below is a map of the area:

WTOP’s Andrew Alsbrooks contributed to this report.

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Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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