A stretch of a busy Madison thoroughfare will be closed for several hours for an emergency project, a city traffic official said.

Tom Mohr from the Madison Traffic Engineering department said an emergency closure of part of outbound East Washington Avenue began Monday at 6 p.m. and will continue through 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The sudden closure was because of problems completing a sewer lining project, the city said.

Mohr said the city's contractor had problems heating up the water in the pipes. The water needs to be heated to cure the pipe lining, he said.

Outbound East Washington Avenue is closed between Livingston and Brearly streets.

The lane will need to remain closed through the afternoon peak traffic period in order to avoid damage to the sanitary sewer.

City traffic officials said heavy traffic delays are expected for outbound East Washington Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The city shared a map of the area affected by the lane closures. Inbound East Washington Avenue lanes would remain open throughout the project, the city said.