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Salem water main break snarls traffic on Route 28

SALEM - Police are warning commuters this morning to avoid the area of Route 28 (South Broadway), between  Marshalls and Home Depot, where a major water main break has buckled the road.

The road might not be repaired until the end of the day, according to Lt. Michael C. Kelly.

The break was reported at 2:30 a.m. on Route 28, specifically in front of 265 South Broadway. The north and southbound lanes of traffic buckled and motorists had to be detoured around the area, according to police.

Police said the Salem Department of Public Works indicated there is a significant water main break and, as a result, there will be a serious impact on the morning commute and possibly afternoon/evening commute.

About 6 a.m., Route 28 southbound lanes in the affected area were reconfigured to allow one lane each of north and south traffic. Police set up cones to divide the southbound lanes to allow for the two-way traffic. Officers are on site directing traffic.

Police warn, however, that motorists can expect a lengthy traffic delay in and around the  area and ask for the public's patience.

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