BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A huge hole formed in the road near Folsom Field after a water main break early Thursday morning.

The hole appeared about 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Stadium Drive and Folsom, close to the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

It was large enough to swallow a vehicle. It measured 15 feet by 30 feet.

No vehicles were driving in that area when the road collapsed.

Officials know the reason for the hole- a 16-inch water main break under the road.

“We do know it was just pipe erosion, so really we need to dig up the pipe to see how much damage there really is,” said Boulder Public Works spokesman Mike Banuelos.

Emergency crews blocked off the roads surrounding the sinkhole while crews conducted repair work and replaced the eroded pipes.

At noon crews had to rip up the sidewalk. The water was shut off to some surrounding apartments during repairs.

“That’s going to be a pain, not being able to have water and shower,” said apartment resident Ana Neumann.

Drivers can take Colorado to get around the closed off area.

“What we would like to be able to do is open up one lane in the road and to have partial traffic coming through,” said Banuelos.

Crews hope to have the road reopened sometime Thursday evening.


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