DENVER — A water main break closed Colorado Boulevard near Interstate 25 early Wednesday morning.
The Denver Police Department responded to Colorado and Buchtel Boulevards around 5 a.m. when water began bubbling up through cracks in the roadway.
Southbound lanes over I-25 were quickly closed. Police also closed the ramp from southbound I-25 to Colorado Boulevard. Traffic was being rerouted to northbound I-25.
Denver7 Traffic reporter Jayson Luber recommended drivers exit I-25 at University or Evans and back track to Colorado Boulevard.
This was an eight-inch line that broke, said Jose Salas, spokesperson with Denver Water. Six commercial customers were without water as of 8:35 a.m. Wednesday. Because of Wednesday's weather conditions, repairs were expected to continue through the day, according to Denver Water.
Around noon Wednesday, Denver Water said work on the broken water main was expected to continue through the afternoon rush hour.
By 2:30 p.m., Denver Water said water service in the area had been restored, but said southbound Colorado Blvd. will remain closed until about 10 p.m. between I-25 and Butchel Blvd. Drivers who typically use the Colorado Blvd. exit are advised to use the Evans or University exits instead.
Colorado Boulevard reopened shortly after 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
DPD had to close SB Colorado because of the icy conditions with all the water and the near zero temperatures. @DenverWater is turning off the water and will begin repairs later this morning. I hope they will have one lane open later after they assess the situation. pic.twitter.com/GsQ9rLXUsr— Jayson Luber (@Denver7Traffic) January 2, 2019
At 9:14 p.m., however, Denver Water officials said that intersection would remain closed through the night as crews continue to repair the road. All lanes were expected to reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, the official said on Twitter.