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Westbound lanes of Garden of the Gods reopen as repairs continue

Drone view of water main break on Garden of the Gods Rd
Posted at 3:37 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 08:02:21-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The westbound lanes of Garden of the Gods west of I-25 are open after crews made repairs to a water main that broke last week.

Colorado Springs Utilities said, "with uncertainty around paving materials, we hope to open all lanes by mid-week."

CSU said they made progress with a new pipe being installed and the first layer of asphalt done. The businesses on the south side of Garden of the Gods Rd were then able to be accessed via Chestnut St.

Last Tuesday afternoon, water flooded across the road between Chestnut St and Rusina Rd on the west side of Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs.

According to Colorado Springs Utilities spokesperson Ted Skroback, crews located a 24-inch mainline connection was the source of the problem. The line was installed in the 1950's.

While crews have the road open there is an investigation further into the line and the best way to approach this repair and avoiding future problems.

On Wednesday afternoon, a new problem popped up. A sinkhole opened up due to a broken water main behind the McDonald's on the east side of I-25 along Garden of the Gods Rd. A car was briefly stuck in that sinkhole.

Colorado Springs Utilities said this was a private main and this break was not related to the work happening on the other side of the highway.

East Garden of the Gods sinkhole
A car is stuck in a sinkhole that opened up behind the McDonald's on the east side of Garden of the Gods and I-25.

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