Main break could snarl traffic

Crews are expected to work till morning in Randallstown


Officials warned of the possibility of major traffic tie-ups in Randallstown this morning along the busy Liberty Road corridor after a 20-inch water main burst yesterday afternoon and left the road closed.

The main ruptured in the 9300 block of Liberty Road sometime after 5 p.m., causing 23 businesses and homes to lose water service, said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which maintains the water service for much of Baltimore County.

Kocher did not know when water service would be restored. Baltimore County police said Liberty Road between Chapman Road and Burmount Avenue would be closed through this morning's rush hour.

"When you have a break that size, you're going to have a lot of water shooting up," Kocher said.

Water could be seen shooting from the ground and flooding much of Liberty Road, a key artery from the county to the Beltway.

Traffic during the evening rush hour was diverted from Liberty Road while crews repaired the line. Kocher estimated crews will work into the morning.

"It's very unlikely it will be fixed overnight," Kocher said. "Once they dig down and they get a good look at the thing, then they'll fix it."

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