NEW YORK--It was business as usual on Seventh Avenue Monday, despite a large water-main break that crippled subway service 24 hours earlier and will curtail some vehicular traffic for the rest of the week. Police blocked off 40th Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway to through traffic, although trucks were allowed limited access to make deliveries between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, according to a Police Department spokesman at the scene. Con Edison crews were working on the crater that resulted from the break in the 93-year-old pipe at the northeast corner of 40th Street and Seventh Avenue. The rupture tore away pavement, exposed large pipes and sent millions of gallons of water pouring into the streets and subways. Seventh Avenue from 38th Street to Times Square was closed Sunday, but reopened in time for Monday morning's rush hour. The small stretch of 40th Street between Seventh Avenue and Broadway remained closed to cars and trucks. The break occurred just two blocks north of the spot where, in 1983, another water-main burst flooded an underground power station and sent the garment district into a week-long blackout. At lunch hour Monday, traffic on Seventh Avenue was snarled where the flow was reduced to two lanes between 41st and 39th Streets for repairs. Buildings in the area, including key designer addresses at 530 and 550 Seventh Ave., were not affected, according to building personnel.
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