Water line rupture turns into tough break for traffic

After restoring water service, a Clifton Water District crew supervisor checks for water resurfacing along a section of 31½ Road that collapsed after a 3/4-inch water line broke Monday. Water service was out to 36 residences and two businesses for about three hours until the crew found and repaired the leak. The road, however, will be different matter; 31½ Road south of I-70 Business Loop and north of the Perkins Drive intersection will remain closed for possibly several more days as crews repair the damage.

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.


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