Callers to WTOP's Traffic Center reported seeing a geyser of water shooting more than a dozen feet into the air and spraying small debris across the roadway in both directions.
A portion of Indian Head Highway was closed Sunday afternoon following a water main break that sprayed a geyser of water over a dozen feet into the air.
A single northbound lane on the left side of the highway reopened just after 12:00 a.m. Monday. The right northbound lane remains closed between Fort Washington Road and Swan Creek Road in Prince George’s County.
It remains unclear whether both lanes will reopen before the Monday morning commute.
Lanes were initially closed in both directions between Fort Washington Road and Old Fort Road. Southbound lanes reopened around 2:30 p.m.
The dramatic footage looked familiar to WTOP Traffic reporter Dave Dildine.
“This geyser reminds me of the scene along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase six years ago when a 60 inch main ruptured, sending a plume of water several dozen feet into the air near Chevy Chase Lake Drive,” Dildine said.
That water main break caused a massive sinkhole and the damage took several weeks to repair, Dildine said.