The morning after crews repaired a major water line break on East Prospect Street in Front Royal, another break occurred on John Marshall Highway.

Robert Boyer, the town’s Public Works director, said over the phone that the East Prospect Street break “was pretty bad,” but he will not be sure how many gallons of water were lost until receiving a report from the water treatment plant.

He said the break occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday on a 12-inch water main and crews were on the scene for about eight hours to repair the break and clean up the mess.

Another water break was then discovered Friday morning on John Marshall Highway between Jamestown and Richmond Road. Boyer said this break occurred in a 6-inch water main.

“But it’s treated water, so we don’t want to waste it,” he said.

A Front Royal public notice states that water and sewer crews would begin repairing the break beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night until work is completed. Until work is finished, Boyer said a few area residences may have their water shut off while most can expect low water pressure.

The notice states that during repairs, the westbound lane traffic on John Marshall Highway will be detoured to Richmond Road and that signs will be erected to direct motorist.

“We apologize for any inconvenience, however that is why it is being scheduled at night,” the notice states.

The notice adds that drivers should use caution while traveling in the vicinity.

Boyer said both of the breaks were caused by aging pipes. He added that freezing weather can cause similar breaks, but it has not been cold enough over an extended period for that to be the case in these situations. He added that the town upgrades a few pipes every year and that he does not know of any town that does not have similar issues.

The notice states that questions should be directed to the Public Works Department from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or to the Front Royal Police Department at 540-635-2111.

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