Sinkhole, street flooding leads to road closures in south metro area

SHERIDAN, Colo. — A sinkhole and street flooding led to several street closures in the south metro area Monday following heavy rain.

Eastbound West Oxford Avenue was closed between River Point Parkway and Windermere Street due what the Sheridan Police Department described as a sinkhole and flooding. The westbound lanes of Oxford were also closed between South Santa Fe Drive and Windermere.

SPD said the sinkhole is located at the intersection of Oxford and Santa Fe.

SPD also tweeted a picture of a car in floodwaters on Oxford just east of Santa Fe.

Additionally, the northbound lanes of Santa Fe were closed at West Union Avenue.

As of 7 p.m., the roads had reopened.

A sinkhole in the same area swallowed a vehicle in July 2018. In 2015, a police SUV fell into a sinkhole in the area.

On Tuesday, Englewood city spokesperson Toni Arnoldy said the sinkhole formed when a pipe gave way.

The old pipe was 78-inch corrugated metal. It had a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, but the fast, heavy rain caused the pipe to expand and give way after around just 30 years of use, Arnoldy said.

A new pipe is on order, but there is no immediate time frame available for its arrival. Once the pipe arrives, it will take about 7 to 10 days to do the repairs, according to Arnoldy.

Meanwhile, contractors have placed chain-link fencing around the hole and metal boxes for drainage.

Arnoldy said the city is looking at studies and alternative materials to determine a more long-term solution that would better reduce the risk of a sinkhole forming again.

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