CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– A temporary fix is in place where a sinkhole appeared on Arapahoe Road Thursday but the westbound lanes remain closed. Permanent repairs to the westbound lanes will be made on Friday after the evening commute and the road is expected to reopen to traffic on Saturday.
The road caved in after a 12-inch water main broke just after noon on Thursday.
The underground water main break, just west of Vine Street, sent a flood of water gushing onto the properties of nearby businesses.
A Denver Water spokesperson said that Arapahoe Road between University Boulevard and Race Street would remain closed for repair until Friday afternoon. Some of those lanes were reopened during the morning commute on Friday.
The water supply was shut off for several hours to residents in 136 units, as well as to surrounding businesses.
The westbound lanes of Arapahoe Road remained closed until Friday morning when a temporary patch covered the lanes for the morning commute. After Friday evening’s rush, crews will make permanent repairs to the road between University Boulevard and Race Street. Until then, traffic was being advised to take University Boulevard to avoid delays.
The road will officially reopen on Saturday afternoon.