Water line rupture turns into tough break for traffic
A water line break underneath a Pear Park road left some residents without water for a short time on Monday, but it’ll cause a longer-lasting headache for motorists in the area.
A coupling failed on a ¾-inch water line underneath 31½ Road between Perkins Drive and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks Monday morning, triggering a nearby sewer trench to fail and a roughly 200-foot stretch of road atop all of it to collapse, according to Clifton Water District Assistant Manager Bret Guillory.
Clifton Water crews were able to repair the line and restore water to the 36 customers who were without it for about an hour. But it’ll take longer to dig up the asphalt to fix the collapsed trench and repair the northbound lane of 31½ Road. Guillory said he hopes to have the road fixed and reopened by Friday.
Access to businesses along 31½ Road is still open, but motorists wanting to access the Interstate 70 Business Loop from the south will have to re-route down Perkins Drive east to 32 Road.
“It’s not a horrible detour, but it’s just inconvenient,” he said.