Annapolis water main break stalls traffic


A water main break in the heart of downtown Annapolis yesterday morning brought traffic to a standstill for nearly two hours and shut down restaurants near City Dock for much of the day.

The break occurred around 7:20 a.m. near Randall and Dock streets, according to city officials. Water gushed up through holes in the concrete, stalling traffic.

The water was shut off around 9:30 a.m., officials said, and about a dozen restaurants along Dock Street were closed.

City officials were hoping to have the water turned back on by 9 p.m. but many restaurateurs were worried they would lose their dinner patrons. "I've got a couple of groups coming in tonight and I'm sweating," said John Maskey, a manager at Phillips restaurant on Dock Street.

Workers brought a water truck to City Dock and provided portable public toilets to businesses that were still open. They were still trying to restore water early last night.

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