Water main break in Portsmouth, seek alternate routes

Crews work to repair a water main break on West Main Road in Portsmouth. (Justin White | WPRI 12)

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — The water main break affecting traffic on part of West Main Road in Portsmouth should be fixed by Friday evening.

Eyewitness News checked with police around 11:45 a.m. and learned crews just received a part needed to repair the main, and that the road is expected to be fixed and back open by 7 p.m.

The break happened on West Main Road, just south of Union Street, around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Portsmouth Police are urging commuters to seek alternative routes on West Main Road from Union St to the Portsmouth/Middletown line. Traffic will be held to one lane north and south.