A large water main break on Newfield Street in Middletown will affect traffic through this evening.
Newfield Street is closed between Tuttle Road and Mile Lane because the heavy water flowing beneath the street eroded the roadway, causing the asphalt to buckle.
City of Middletown officials are asking the public to avoid Newfield Street to limit traffic delays. All traffic on Newfield Street in the affected area will be routed to other streets.
Middletown Water & Sewer, Public Works, and Police are at the scene and will remain there until repairs are completed.
Around 20 customers on Newfield Street, from Mile Lane north to 1075 Newfield Street, are affected by the break and shut down of the water main.
The Police Department’s Traffic Unit is coordinating with the Board of Education to re-route buses for students attending Lawrence Elementary School, Keigwin Middle School, and Middletown High School.
The break occurred on a 12-inch water main around 10 a.m.
Water Department crews have isolated the break and are working to repair it, restore water and repair the road.