UPDATE: Water Main Break Snarls Traffic on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Center Blvd.

The eastbound lanes of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. were closed for more than five hours. Did you get stuck in traffic?

UDPATE 6:15 p.m.:

All lanes on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. are open, according to the San Anselmo Police. 


UPDATE 5 p.m.:

Crews had finished repairing the broken water main by 4:30 p.m., but both eastbound lanes were still closed and a huge hole was in the road from the repair work (see photos at the right). The crew was in the process of backfilling the hole and reopening the road. It is expected be reopened by 6:30 p.m.

Vehicles headed west on Sir Francis Drake did not appear impacted, but traffic was snarled on eastbound Sir Francis Drake, west of the water main break. Also, traffic on Center Blvd. appeared to be moving especially slowly at Center and Pastori Avenue, and many eastbound cars were turning onto Landsdale Avenue.

Dennis Norton, who lives near Morningside Avenue, said he noticed significantly more cars coming through his neighborhood, which is just north of Drake High School. 


UPDATE: 3:16 p.m. Repair crews expect to have the repair completed and eastbound Sir Francis Drake Blvd. reopened between 5 and 6 p.m. today.



Both eastbound lanes of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. are closed while Marin Municipal Water District crews repair a water main break. 

The closure is in San Anselmo between Broadmoor Avenue and Ash Avenue, just west of Drake High School.

MMWD officials sent out suggested detour routes directing traffic to Center Blvd. MMWD is coordinating traffic with the Fairfax and San Anselmo police departments, officials said.

Did you get stuck in traffic? Did you see the water main break? Upload your photos to this article.  


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Jeffrey Gimzek September 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Of course I left the house at 2:00 before this post! Could barely get out of my driveway because even Suffield was backed up. Had to get out of town the secret locals back way over the Alameda. Sweet. Suckers be sitting on Center in that mess.
C Ross September 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Yes. I thought it was due to problems on the Richmond Bridge at first, and thought it was odd that that would back things up all the way to Fairfax.
Joseph Odom September 21, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Can anyone explain why two lanes of SFD where open westbound when both eastbound lanes were closed? One of the westbound SFD lanes could have been used as an eastbound lane.
Deb Callahan September 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes, I got stuck in traffic on SFD in Fairfax and there was no visible traffic redirecting that I could detect. I missed an event in the East Bay I was trying to get to, and had a 4 year old in the back seat who was one iPhone toddler app away from a meltdown. Not one of my favorite drives home, to say the least.
Deb Callahan September 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Good point.


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