Water main break, sinkhole that closed WB Arapahoe Rd. at University Blvd. repaired

Road reopened Friday morning
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 08:51:38-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – A water main break that caused a sinkhole closed all lanes of westbound Arapahoe Road at University Boulevard Thursday afternoon. Denver Water officials say the road reopened before 7 a.m. on Friday.

MORE: View photos of the main break and flooding nearby by clicking here.

And though Denver Water initially said that no water services to area businesses and homes had been disrupted, several business owners and people living nearby confirmed their water was still off at 2 p.m.

A Denver Water spokesperson confirmed the agency's initial report that pipes had been rerouted, ensuring no one would be without water, was wrong. The spokesperson said the outage was actually "fairly substantial."

Water was expected to be back on for businesses at South Glenn Mall by about 5 p.m., according to an update by Denver Water officials at around 4:20 p.m.

But in an update shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, officials said crews were still working to restore water service to approximately 200 customers by 8 p.m.  

One of the area homeowners said Denver Water was telling them the outage could last another half day.

The main break happened around 1 p.m. on Arapahoe Road at S. Vine St. All westbound traffic from Arapahoe is being diverted onto University Blvd. for the time being.

The road was closed between University and Race.

Denver Water says the leak was from a 12-inch pipe that was installed in 1963.

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