A broken water valve in an underground pipe on U.S. 40 at Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City affected operations in Howard County's George Howard Building yesterday, and repairs will disrupt traffic tomorrow night, county officials said.
James M. Irvin, the county public works director, said county workers tried to repair the valve early yesterday but postponed the job after finding it would be more complex than first thought.
As a result, the valve bringing water down Rogers Avenue to the county government complex was closed to stop water leakage, and rerouting the flow caused another blockage to the George Howard Building. Restrooms and the air-conditioning system were affected, so some county employees were allowed to go home early yesterday. Other area buildings appeared unaffected, except for ineffective air conditioning at the Rite Aide Pharmacy on the east side of U.S. 40.
Irvin said one or two westbound lanes of U.S. 40 at Rogers Avenue would be closed from about 7 p.m. tomorrow to 6 a.m. Thursday. Nearby homes and businesses might lose water while repairs are under way, he said.