DENVER (CBS4)– Repairs to a water main break in downtown Denver took most of the day and interrupted the evening commute on Thursday.
All but one of the lanes of Lincoln Street between 5th and 6th avenues were closed at 8 a.m. while crews worked to repair the break. One lane will remain open as the repairs continue.
Officials with Denver Water said water service to area businesses shouldn’t be affected in the area.
The break was reported just after 7 a.m. when water started spewing out of the pavement at 6th and Lincoln. What broke was a standard eight inch diameter water main made of cast iron.
The main was installed in 1968. The average life span of a water main is 50 years.
Crews hope to have the main repaired and all lanes open by 7 p.m. which will impact the evening commute. Drivers are urged to take alternate routes around the break.