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New sinkhole closes road in north Colorado Springs

A daytime look at a major sinkhole in a north Springs neighborhood.
A daytime look at a major sinkhole in a north Springs neighborhood.(Les Anderson)
Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 11:49 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 2:10 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Another sinkhole is causing headaches in Colorado Springs.

Police say the sinkhole started forming early Sunday morning at the intersection of North Union Boulevard and Sky Pond Lane in the Briargate area of Colorado Springs. The portion of road is owned by the developer, La Plata Communities, Inc. According to a representative with the City of Colorado Springs, all streets within new developments are considered probation for two years before the city takes over ownership. The developer is responsible for repairs.

“Through the day, the small sinkhole grew and soon swallowed much of the intersection,” a police lieutenant wrote on the CSPD blotter.

North Union was closed between Alberta Falls Way and Tochal Drive. Drivers are being rerouted from Old Ranch Road to Bradley Ranch Road. The area is largely residential.

One man who lives in the area told 11 News what he saw earlier Sunday.

“So as I came past it, it looked like there had been some indentation, I don’t know how deep, I’d probably say 8-10 feet wide, and it looks like it had gone in at least 2 to 3 feet,” Michael Escalera said. “It wasn’t a huge hole, but it was enough where it would’ve caused some damage if anyone had gone through it.”

Escalera says it is an inconvenience, but he’s hoping it is taken care of soon.

“Obviously they are trying to do what they can to protect everybody that lives up here,” he said. “I have a home office; I’m trying to get back to it to do some work this evening and not knowing who to call or what to do at this point.”

As of Monday afternoon, there was no evidence of a water main break or stormwater main break. The developer is handling the investigation and hopes to have the street open by the end of the week.

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