Water main break at North Academy, Maizeland closes multiple roads

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A water main break at North Academy Boulevard and Maizeland Road in Colorado Springs Friday afternoon turned roads into rivers and led to several street closures.

“Avoid the area and expect lengthy delays,” police tweeted shortly after 4 p.m.

According to Colorado Springs police, the following roads are closed: 

  • Northbound Academy Boulevard is closed at Constitution Avenue 
  • Southbound Academy closed is closed at Village Road
  • Eastbound traffic on Maizeland Road is closed at Sussex Lane
  • Westbound traffic on Maizeland Road closed at Wold Ave.
Colorado Springs Utilities’ main line is currently informing callers that some houses near the affected area are receiving dirty water or experiencing very low water pressure — or no water pressure at all.
Crews are on the way to the break, the recording said. At least four trucks were at the scene at 5 p.m. Police officers were diverting traffic.

“It’s a 30 inch main,” a Utilities worker at the scene said as the water continued to flow around 6 p.m. ” We need to isolate it, get the water shut off, and start digging.”

Both sides of Academy and Maizeland were covered with water, which was flowing south. About 15 fissures were visible where the water was coming out of the pavement and weakening the road surface.

From all four corners of the intersection, onlookers marveled at the volume of water flowing from beneath the street.

“It looks like a river,” said Shawn Norman, 9.

“It’s kinda sad to watch,” said Stephanie Vigil, who lives north of the intersection. “We need that water.”

Closures are expected for several hours. According to Colorado Springs Utilities, the section of Academy is expected to be closed through the weekend for repairs.

This is a developing story and will be updated.