Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville Reopened After Water Main Break

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Six million gallons of water spilled onto Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville on Thursday when a 73-year-old water main burst. (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission/@

Six million gallons of water spilled onto Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville on Thursday when a 73-year-old water main burst. (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission/@

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UPDATED: Aug. 2, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Rhode Island Ave. Water Main Break

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WNEW) — Repairs to a massive water main break on Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville were completed Saturday afternoon.

The roadway was completely shut down while repairs were underway.

Only one southbound lane was getting by on Rhode Island Avenue between East West Highway and Crittenden Street as crews worked to repair an aging 12-inch main that ruptured Thursday afternoon. The other southbound lane was blocked, as were both northbound lanes.

WNEW’s John Domen reports that the lone open lane would be closed around noon Friday to allow Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews to expand the repair efforts. All lanes remained closed until Saturday afternoon, and a detour was set up.

Six million gallons of water spewed from 73-year-old pipe before workers were able to divert the flow, WSSC estimates. The force of the spewing water caused asphalt to buckle and left a thick layer of mud and rocks on the pavement.


A WSSC official tells WNEW that six customers are affected by the water main break, but the nearby Prince George’s County District Court house is not among them.

WSSC crews worked overnight, digging out the area around the ruptured pipe and pumping out water.



Repair crews initially were optimistic that the break could be fixed by Friday’s afternoon rush hour, but crews had to dig a massive hole to ensure no other areas of the pipe were broken.

Follow John Domen on Twitter for the latest updates.

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