A strip of Chestnut Street was closed between 38th Street and 36th Street for part of Monday and Tuesday due to a water main break beneath the road.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Penn Police and the Philadelphia Police Department responded to a water main break near 37th and Chestnut Streets, according to the Division of Public Safety.
The Philadelphia Water Department also responded to the incident.
The water break caused buckling in the asphalt, resulting in a series of bumps and cracks in middle of the road and rendering it unfit for driving.
Police blocked off the closed section of the road while repairs were made, directing cars along a detour route along 38th street to Walnut or Market Streets.
Another severe water break occurred in South Philadelphia on June 20.