First repairs to water main line fail, forcing overnight work

DENVER -- A water main break forced the closure of East Sixth Avenue throughout the day Friday.

Eastbound Sixth Avenue reopened during the overnight hours after road repairs, but Denver Water said the repair to the line didn't hold the first time and crews were out fixing it at 3 a.m. Saturday.

Water was restored again and the road has been reopened.

The break in the 16-inch line that was installed in 1890 was reported about 6 a.m. Friday at Sixth Avenue and Logan Street.

Water flooded the street until crews arrived to shut it off.

The break caused damage to Sixth Avenue, including the heaving of pavement in some places.

Drivers were detoured onto Grant Street around the break, but there were fewer traffic delays because of Veterans Days, and many businesses and government offices are closed.

Denver Water said customers along the south side of Sixth Avenue between Grant and Washington streets, and customers on Logan and Pennsylvania streets between East Fifth and Sixth avenues were without water.

The cause of the break is not known.