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.
#ColoradoSpringsFire is on scene of a major water main break at Maizeland and Academy. All lanes of traffic are being rerouted around the intersection. Unknown how long intersection will be shut down #traffichazard pic.twitter.com/SxtmNiDcGY
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) March 19, 2021
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.
Please do not attempt to drive through shopping center parking lots to drive onto N. Academy Blvd. in the area of the water main break!@CSPDPIO
— CSPD Duty Lieutenant (@CSPDDutyLt) March 19, 2021
“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.”
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.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.