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Water Main Mess Closes Ridge Avenue in East Falls

Ridge Avenue is closed between Allegheny Avenue and the U.S. Route 1 ramps.

Three water mains broke early Friday, closing busy Ridge Avenue in East Falls ahead of the morning rush.

The breaks in 16-inch, 12-inch and 8-inch mains around 12:30 a.m. closed a 0.2-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue between Scots Lane and the U.S. Route 1 ramps, Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said.

Water department crews stopped the water to customers on the 4000 block of Ridge, 3500 block of Scots and 3500 block of W Clearfield Street, DiGiulio said. Customers in the area could be without water.

Water crews dug in the area Friday morning, DiGiulio said.

SEPTA had to detour its 1, 61 and R bus routes around the scene.

Expect some extra traffic along Kelly Drive and other area roads Friday as the closure continued into the afternoon.

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