Crews repair large hole after waterline break at intersection

JOE BURTARD/Special to the Sentinel
A WATERLINE BREAK early Sunday morning created a huge hole at the intersection of 25 and Patterson roads. Traffic was detoured around the area, and some homes and businesses were temporarily without water.

A water main break Sunday morning affected homes and businesses in west Grand Junction and left a gaping hole at a busy city intersection.

A 12-inch main waterline at the intersection of 25 and Patterson roads burst early Sunday morning, leaving homes and businesses between 25 and 24 roads without water early Sunday, said Ute Water Conservancy District spokesman Joe Burtard.

The broken line left a large hole in the road near the busy intersection, forcing traffic to detour around the area.

Burtard said the holes, including two smaller ones that Ute Water crews had to dig to repair the waterline, were supposed to be filled in by today’s morning commute. The holes will be patched with asphalt at a later time.

Late fall weather is believed to have caused the break.

“We call this our leak season because when the weather heats up during the day and cools down at night, the ground shifts quite a bit and causes the pipes to break,” Burtard said.

“It’s a common maintenance for us.”

Water service to most homes and businesses was restored by Sunday afternoon, Burtard said, and to all by Sunday evening.

Several Mesa Mall food shops opened hours later than scheduled because of the waterline break, said an employee of the Orange Julius store in the mall.

Business also was affected at other restaurants on the west end of the city.

Sunday is a popular day for football fans to go to Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, 2404 Patterson Road, but an employee there said Boston’s didn’t open until 2 p.m.,  hours after Sunday NFL games began.


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