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Road collapse closes lanes on Route 450 in Bladensburg

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A partial road collapse on Route 450 in Bladensburg has shut down the westbound lanes and may affect your Wednesday morning commute. 

The sinkhole is located on westbound Route 450 near Baltimore Avenue. (Photo: WJLA)

The sinkhole formed around 12:30 a.m., gouging an 8 feet wide, 10 inches deep hole in the roadway, police say.

No injuries have been reported.

The westbound lanes near Baltimore Avenue are closed.

As a result, the 4, T18 and F1 Metrobuses will detour at Baltimore Avenue and Annapolis Road then resume their regular route at Baltimore Avenue and Bladensburg Road, WMATA reports via Twitter.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesman I.J. Hudson says the sinkhole is the result of a 12-inch water main break on Feb. 16.

He says a patch was made to the broken main, and a contractor was supposed to come out the next day to repair the pipe. That apparently didn't happen. Hudson says the patch failed overnight, and the road started to sink.

Crews are expected to begin repairs later Wednesday morning, but it’s unclear how long it will take to fix.

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