NORTH ARLINGTON —
A major water main break this morning that has caused part of River Road to collapse, leaving at least a six-foot crater, has businesses on the west side of the street closed, without water, until at least 3 this afternoon.
River Road between the Belleville Turnpike and Stevens Place is shut northbound until further notice.
The break occurred this morning before 7 a.m., and an alert from the North Arlington Police Department says the stretch could be closed for as long as 10 hours.
A few business owners told The Observer they were told by borough officials that water could be back and running in the area by 3 p.m., however.
“We’re opening at 3,” Robert DaSilva, the owner of Centanni, said. “They’re working on the pipes — they’ve been down there since 8 o’clock this morning.”
Businesses that rely on the water supply, from the Arlington Diner north to Corrado’s Market, are closed.
The cause of the break is not immediately known.
Check back with The Observer for continuing updates to this developing story.
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