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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – A water main break has created a major traffic issue in Arapahoe County that will keep the road closed until Friday afternoon.

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(credit: CBS)

A stretch of East Arapahoe Road caved in on the north side of The Streets of South Glenn shopping mall, close to the intersection of Arapahoe and South University Boulevard.

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The sinkhole near Arapahoe Road (credit: CBS)

All lanes of Arapahoe Road were closed at 12:30 p.m. and westbound traffic was being diverted onto University Boulevard. Crews hope the road will be repaired and reopened Friday afternoon.

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The sinkhole near Arapahoe Road (credit: CBS)

So far it’s not clear what caused the water main to break, but a weather station just northwest of the mall recorded 1.7 inches of rain during a heavy thunderstorm that rolled through late Wednesday night.

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The sinkhole that closed Arapahoe Road (credit: CBS)

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