A water main break in Middletown caused major traffic problems during the evening rush hour commute Wednesday night.
A 12-inch water main broke on Newfield Street at about 10 a.m., according to Mayor Dan Drew.
"The heavy water flowing beneath the street eroded the roadway and caused the asphalt to buckle," Drew said in a statement Wednesday.
Newfield Street is closed between Tuttle Road and Mile Lane while crews from the Middletown Water & Sewer, Middletown Public Works Department and Connecticut Department of Transportation work to fix the break.
All traffic, including buses, was rerouted to other streets, and drivers were advised to avoid the area, Drew said.
"We anticipate traffic delays through tonight as crews survey the damage and make repairs," Drew said.
Officers were out in the Newfield Street area trying to keep traffic moving.
One motorist told Eyewitness News she has never seen a traffic jam like the one caused by the break Wednesday.
"There's lots of accidents there but not anything like this," said one woman, who wished not to be identified.
There are about 20 customers whose service was affected by the water main break and water shut off.
The break was isolated and they are working to repair it, crews said. Water service should return sometime after 6 p.m. and Newfield Street should reopen after 8 p.m.
Police worked with the board of education to reroute buses for students attending Lawrence Elementary, Keigwin Middle and Middletown High schools.
The mayor sent out automated phone calls to Middletown residents Wednesday afternoon.
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