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Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs to open Thursday night following major water main break

Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 3:39 PM MDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 at 2:54 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A busy Colorado Springs intersection will open nearly a week after a massive water main break.

Colorado Springs Utilities announced Thursday afternoon that N. Academy Boulevard would reopen at Maizeland Thursday night.

Crews have been working at the intersection nonstop since the decades-old water main broke Friday afternoon and were able to restore water to all affected customers by Monday morning.

According to a spokesperson with Colorado Springs Utilities, work on the water main break is now complete as of Monday morning. Crews shifted their focus to completing repairs on a gas line break at the same location. The original water main break occurred near a gas main with electrical lines located overhead. A gas line was damaged after being hit by a chunk of asphalt during repairs on the water main Saturday.

The water main break was first reported around 3 p.m. Friday. Drivers were caught off guard as the road began to flood.

Both directions of North Academy Boulevard at Maizeland were closed since Friday afternoon. The closure is also impacted bus routes.

Colorado Springs Utilities says the water main that broke is about 60 years old.

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