Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WSSC Begins Further Repairs on Water Main that Ruptured Last Month along MD 355

Beginning December 1, (weather permitting), the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) began comprehensive repairs to a water main along MD 355 (Rockville Pike) between the ramps to I-495 (Capital Beltway) and the MD 355 Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane intersection.

WSSC contractors will be shutting down two southbound lanes on Rockville Pike (MD 355) near the Cedar Lane intersection Weather permitting, the repairs are expected to take five to 10 days.

The right two southbound lanes will be completely shut down once repairs begin, with a temporary Jersey wall erected to protect the construction area. The two remaining open lanes will consist of one through lane and one right turn lane onto West Cedar Lane. As the repairs progress, one additional through lane will be re-opened. Despite earlier reports, there is no work being done on the northbound lanes of Rockville Pike.

The repairs are confined to the road and do not affect the water mains. No customers will be out of service during these repairs.

The repairs are necessary due to damage caused by a 16-inch water main break on October 12. The 74-year-old cast iron pipe caused significant damage to the road and to the adjacent embankment. Crews will shore up the undermined road and the surrounding area and replace the curb and gutter drainage system.

For the latest updates on this work, follow WSSC on Twitter @WSSCWaterNews or call WSSC at 301-206-4001, 301-206-9772 or toll free at 1-800-828-6439, weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For water emergencies only (water main breaks or sewer overflow) contact WSSC 24 hours a day at 301-206-4002 or EmergencyCallCenter@wsscwater.com.