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Broken water line shuts U.S. 74 east of Monroe

Authorities have closed U.S. 74 east of Monroe due to a broken water main, officials said Thursday.

Only the eastbound lanes are affected, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The broken main was reported about 7:30 a.m., with motorists saying water was bubbling up through the road. The rupture is near the U.S. 74 intersection with Old Highway 74, about 1 mile east of the U.S. 74-U.S. 601 intersection.

A detour route has been set up, using U.S. 601 and Old Highway 74 as a link to U.S. 74. The DOT said the estimated time of repair is 4 p.m. Thursday.