DENVER -- Westbound lanes of East Colfax Avenue near Niagra Street will be closed through Tuesday night after a major water main break. The lanes were not expected to reopen until around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The 12-inch pipe burst at about 9 a.m. leaving a gaping hole in the road. Denver Water crews spent the day repairing the damage and said they would be able to restore water service to nearby customers by 8:30 p.m.
All of the businesses along a four-block stretch from Niagara to Pontiac Street lost water service.
Two hotels were impacted.
Denver Water brought in portable toilets and gallons of water for customers to use. Most of the other businesses are auto dealerships and can function normally without water. No homes were impacted.
A spokesman for Denver Water said it is unclear how the break happened, but indicated old infrastructure could be to blame. The burst pipe had been in the ground since 1890.