Intersections around water main break will remain closed into Friday morning

UPDATED THURSDAY 9:40 P.M. — The Friday morning commute around central Greenwich is expected to be a difficult one as repairs to a broken water main will force closures through the night and into the morning rush hour. Using the town’s reverse 911 system, GPD Capt. Mark Kordick alerted residents that repairs are ongoing after a large water main ruptured at the Arch Street and Railroad Avenue intersection.

This is considered to the second busiest intersection in town due to its proximity to Interstate 95’s exit 3 and the Greenwich Railroad Station.  Capt.Kordick said crews are at the scene and informed the town Thursday night that most approaches to the intersection will remain closed overnight and through rush hour Friday morning.

“Detour routes have been established however traffic congestion downtown, especially in the areas of Exit 3 and the Greenwich Railroad Station will be significant on Friday morning,” Capt. Kordick said in his call to residents. “Motorists and commuters are advised to avoid this area.  Drivers should consider using Exits 2 and 4 as alternate ways to access I-95.  Rail commuters may want to consider using alternate Metro-North Stations for drop-offs and pickups.  If you must travel through this area, you are advised to allow plenty of extra time tomorrow morning.”

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The water main break occurred Thursday afternoon on Railroad Avenue at Arch Street completely closed down the intersection, according to Greenwich Police Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray. The break has additionally impacted the flow of traffic near exit three off of Interstate 95 at Arch Street. The damage “is going to take a significant amount of time for the water company to repair,” Lt. Gray said.

Accordingly, police recommend that drivers avoid the area. GPD, the Greenwich Fire Department, the water company and the Department of Public Works were all on the scene as of 3 p.m. Thursday. The officials were setting up detour routes that are expected to be used for an “extended period” until the break has been repaired, Lt. Gray said. Greenwich-post.com will provide more information as it becomes available.

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