By Joel Hillan

DENVER (CBS4)– A water main break disrupted traffic at a busy intersection in Denver on Wednesday morning. The break happened at Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25.

Denver Water posted on social media at around 9 p.m. saying repairs would continue overnight, and all lanes should reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday.

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The water main break occurred about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. The 8-inch main burst and flooded the intersection. Because of frigid temperatures, the water flooding the intersection quickly turned to ice.

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Denver Water crews quickly turned off the water and police closed the intersection. The break impacted six businesses in the area, including Zoe’s Kitchen, Five Guys,
KFC/A&W, McDonald’s, a flooring store, a sheepskin store and a medical marijuana facility.

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The closures left many construction workers without a place for lunch.

“It’s a bummer, everything seems to be closed today,” said Isaac.

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He and his buddy Gabriel work at a construction site near the water main break.

“We usually just cross the street and take lunch at McDonald’s, but it seems to be closed today,” he said.

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So, they improvised: Cheetos and hot sauce, and a cup of noodles from the Corner Store. And they weren’t the only ones. Kurt also works construction at the site nearby, he wasn’t able to grab a quick lunch today at Five Guys like he had hoped.

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“Just working and everything’s closed,” he said.

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The managers of Zoe’s Kitchen got creative in order to stay open, providing bottled water for customers.

Water was restored to the businesses about seven hours after the break.

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Some drivers ignored the closures, blowing past signs and barriers, trying to weave their way around cones and crews.

Drivers are urged to take alternate routes until repairs are complete.

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Joel Hillan

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