Many Lexington drivers faced a huge inconvenience Tuesday morning, as Tates Creek Road was shut down at Gainesway Drive because of a water main break.
"We have several thousand vehicles that use this route every morning," Lexington Police Commander Mike Blanton said of Tates Creek Road.
Tates Creek was closed between the Redding Road/Armstrong Mill Road intersection to New Circle Road, after the water main broke around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
At one point, water gushed across Tates Creek Road.
Officers patrolled about a dozen other intersections in the area during the morning commute, to help drivers find their way around the mess.
Detours meant a longer travel time for many drivers.
"It took me about 40 minutes for a five minute trip," Peter Perlman, who was stuck in traffic, said. "It was kind of frustrating."
Most of Tates Creek Road at Gainesway Drive has reopened, expect for the right inbound lane and the left turn lane from Tates Creek onto Gainesway.
For now, drivers also cannot approach Tates Creek Road from Gainesway.