DANVERS — Work to fix a 30-inch water main that ruptured on Liberty Street and closed a ramp to Route 128 north yesterday morning was expected to take all night, Danvers Department of Public Works operations director Robert Lee said.

The ramp was expected to reopen around 9 to 10 this morning, Lee said.

The large water main, owned by the city of Salem, broke around 10:30 near 2 Orchard Lane, just past the top of the ramp to Route 128 north. The break shut down the ramp from Route 62 east (Elliott Street) to Route 128 north.

The force of the water buckled the roadway and washed out gravel. Water cascaded down the street, which is being used as the primary connection between Route 62 and Route 128 north during a state interchange project. Lee said there were no reports of damage to private property, though one house on Orchard Lane had water running through its yard.

At first, the break caused the intersection of Elliott and Liberty streets to flood, and it was closed for a short time before being reopened. A Salem Department of Public Services crew managed to shut the water main around noon.

"Salem's private contractor who will be doing the repair work arrived on-site shortly before 2 p.m., and excavation should begin within the hour," Lee wrote to Town Hall staff yesterday afternoon.

The main is the second-largest water line coming into Salem.

Yesterday morning, Salem officials made automated phone calls to residents informing them of the break and notifying them that their water may be discolored.

The break was not expected to cause serious problems, an official said.

"Nobody should lose water," Ron Malionek, the assistant director of the Department of Public Services, said yesterday afternoon. "It shouldn't affect anybody really except for discoloration of water."

Danvers Water and Streets Division personnel responded to the water main break until Salem authorities could arrive to shut off the water main. Massachusetts Department of Transportation's contractor on the interchange work, D.W. White, also provided assistance.

Staff writer Tom Dalton contributed to this report.

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