10:00 A.M. UPDATE: Rockville Pike Repairs Continue Wednesday Morning
Lane Closures Continue Through Wednesday
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – October 14, 2015 – WSSC crews have worked through the night and will continue working to repair the broken 16-inch water main at the intersection of Rockville Pike (Rt. 355) and Cedar Lane in Bethesda. The 74-year old cast iron pipe broke on Tuesday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. Approximately 250 customers are currently without water.
Crews have replaced the broken section of pipe and are currently in the final pipe replacement stage. Once the pipe replacement is complete, WSSC will begin to run water through the pipe. As soon as crews determine the new pipe will hold water, service will be restored to all affected customers.
Lanes are expected to remain closed through much of Wednesday as crews finalize repairs. WSSC will continue to work closely with Maryland State Highway Administration to assess and repave the road and determine the lane closures as work continues.
As of 10:00 a.m. only one northbound lane and two southbound lanes on Rockville Pike between Cedar Ln. and Pooks Hill Rd. are open. WSSC recommends commuters use alternate routes and if possible avoid the area.
WSSC appreciates the patience of everyone affected by this water main break. Follow @WSSCWaterNews on Twitter and WSSC Water on Facebook for updates throughout the repair process.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.