Denver Water Department crews were busy repairing a water main that bust Sunday afternoon and closed part of Colfax Avenue at Colorado avenue, near National Jewish Health.
Westbound Colfax Avenue between Colorado and North Harrison Street will be closed for six to 12 hours, according to a tweet from the Denver Police Department.
This closure will be in effect for the next 6 to 12 hours.
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) May 26, 2019
William Allstetter, a interpreter for National Jewish Health, aforementioned the health care facility receives its water supply from a line off Jackson Street and hadn’t suffered a loss of pressure or any flooding due to the break.
“It isn’t disrupting any of our operations,” Allstetter aforementioned.
“There were no lights-out off that particular part of the main. No one is out of water due to that break,” aforementioned Todd Hartman, a interpreter for the Denver Water Department.
Despite the tweet from Denver Police, Hartman was hesitant to give a precise time frame for when the repair work will be completed and Colfax reopened.
“Our crews are good at it and fast, but it still takes time,” he aforementioned.
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The intersection is one of the busiest in Denver. But the break occurred during a three-day holiday weekend, which should work in favor of commuters come Tuesday morning.
That contrasts with a water main break on Aug. 16, 2014, that knocked out supply to Coors Field, afloat Blake Street and postponed a Rockies game where Todd Helton’s No. 17 jersey was going to be retired.
The pipe that bust Sunday was 12 inches in diameter. It was made of cast iron and installed back in 1895, Hartman aforementioned.
“One way to look at it is that we got our money’s worth out of it,” he aforementioned of the 124-year-old pipe. “Some of our oldest lines are our most robust.”