UPDATED: Jan. 24, 2014 11:15 a.m.
ORIGINAL: Jan. 24, 2014 5:26 a.m.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A recent blast of frigid air appears to be contributing to a large number of broken water mains across the Washington region.
Morning commutes were slowed across area, including the heavily-traveled Rockville Pike, as crews made emergency repairs to the lines.
In Maryland, a portion of Rockville Pike was closed near White Flint Mall because of a 16-inch broken main. The line ruptured at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Edson Lane around 3:30 a.m. creating dangerous icy conditions on the road and sidewalk.
Two southbound lanes are now getting by to the left of the work on the main.
Maryland State Highway and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews worked for hours to combat the potentially treacherous conditions.
WSSC officials say they have seen a spike in water main breaks as temperatures have remained below freezing since Tuesday.
In Virginia, crews are working to repair a broken water main on Duke Street near Jordan Street in Alexandria. Salt trucks have treated the roadway to prevent freezing with morning temperatures in the teens. Crews have shut off water in the area and officials say some area residents and business are impacted.
Crews are also working to repair a broken water main at Burgundy Road and South Quaker Lane in Fairfax.
It is unclear how long the repairs will take.
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