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DENVER -- South Sheridan Boulevard was closed Monday night because of a water main break, and the busy road is expected to remain off-limits to traffic until Tuesday afternoon, Denver Water said.

The break in the 12-inch-diameter pipe happened between West Arizona Avenue and West Mississippi Avenue.

Denver Water said 10 buildings along the block lost service. Crews isolated the break and capped it off, and service was being restored.

But because of "extensive damage" caused to the road, Sheridan Boulevard is expected to be remained closed until 2 p.m. Alternative routes are advised.

The break happened because of a weak section of the 67-year-old pipe, Denver Water said.

"The age and material of the pipe, soil type, corrosion, water flow and other factors can create weak sections leading to main breaks like this," Denver Water said in a statement.