Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night, there was a water main break on Spring Street at the intersection of Lee Avenue.

Newport Police Department was forces to close Spring Street at Narragansett Avenue

All this happening, while Gregory Porter was wrapping up his performance in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000 at day #2 of the Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park.

With thousands departing the fort between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., police were forced to divert traffic from Fort Adams away from Spring Street and up to Bellevue, many fans have shared on social media that it took them 2 to 3 hours to get out of Newport after leaving the festival.

Public services worked to fix the water main break late into Saturday night, Spring Street has reopened.

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