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Holland Tunnel water main break could affect PM commute

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- As emergency crews continue to work on a large water main break that suspended subway service and backed up morning traffic, commuters are bracing for a potentially ugly drive out of Manhattan Friday evening.

Drivers and subway riders were warned to brace themselves Friday morning after the water main broke near the tunnel's Manhattan entrance.

It happened near Varick Street and Spring Street, about two blocks away from the outbound entrance to the Holland Tunnel.

Water gushes into the street after a main breaks along Varick at Spring streets, near the Holland Tunnel on Oct. 10, 2014. (Photo: Air 11)

Water gushes into the street after a main breaks along Varick at Spring streets, near the Holland Tunnel on Oct. 10, 2014. (Photo: Air 11)

The break was reported shortly before 6 a.m.

Because of the break, service along the 1 train line was sporadic throughout the morning, but by noon, the trains were back on their usual schedule with delays expected.

Delays are still possible for the inbound lanes of the Holland Tunnel, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

PIX11's traffic anchor Kaitlin Monte suggests drivers avoid the area as traffic in the area is expected to pick up.