Water Main Break Causes Traffic Issues In Charlestown

A water main break hampered the flow of traffic Tuesday morning in Charlestown, Massachusetts.

The 24-inch break happened in Sullivan Square at the intersection of Main Street and Martha Way around 5:30 a.m. The break has since been stopped; however, officials say the break caused substantial damage to the road and crews will be making repairs for the rest of the day.

While crews with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) worked to isolate the troubled area, traffic became an issue near the Interstate 93 southbound off-ramp.

During the morning rush, several inches of water was seen spilling into Sullivan Square while commuters tried to make their way through.

"Oh yeah big mess, big mess. They're gonna have a lot of work ahead of them," said Jay Salvato of Somerville.

A partial closure of the rotary rerouted some MBTA buses and put the squeeze on the commutes of many people.

"I open our office. I was supposed to be in 30 minutes ago. I'm now worried," said Bianca Broxkon, who rides an MBTA bus.

"Buses are generally not the most reliable so it kind of just adds into that. I usually leave a lot of time for my commute," said another bus rider, Alice Symington.

The Sullivan Square area has recently been plagued with issues for morning commuters. Last week, an 18-wheeler flipped — spilling scrap metal in the same spot. About a month ago, another water main break happened down the street.

It's not clear what caused the break.

Work on the road is expected to take the remainder of Tuesday.

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