8-foot sinkhole repaired along US 40 overnight

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - U.S. 40 reopened early Wednesday morning after a sinkhole forced an overnight closure for repairs.

The sinkhole, which the Colorado Department of Transportation described as 8-feet wide, closed the highway in both directions from Soda Creek to El Rancho around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was reportedly caused by a rusty culvert that gave way due to runoff.

After crews replaced the pipe with a new one capable of handling more water, the road surface was fixed and reopened around 3:15 a.m.

During the repair work, drivers headed to Evergreen were advised to take Interstate 70 to exit 253 as an alternate route.

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