Despite hopes the city would be able to re-open Folsom Street today after a water main break early Thursday morning tore open a sinkhole, officials said the street will be closed until early next week as crews continue to repair the damage to the roadway and sidewalk.
The damage caused by the sinkhole on Folsom off Stadium Drive forced the city to shut down Folsom between Colorado Avenue and Taft Drive near the Univeristy of Colorado on Thursday morning.
Crews worked all day Thursday and late into the night to try to repair the damage, and, by this morning, the original sinkhole was filled. But crews are still working on excavating parts of the damaged road and waiting on supplies, according to city spokesman Mike Banuelos.
Banuelos had said Thursday that crews hoped to have the road open sometime today, but with crews still waiting on some supplies and the weekend coming up, he said today that it's unlikely the road will be re-opened until early next week.
"It's unfortunate with the timing of the weekend and crews still waiting on supplies," Banuelos said.
City officials said a 16-inch water main broke around 3:30 a.m. Thursday beneath Folsom near Stadium Drive, collapsing the roadway into a sinkhole that was about 15 feet by 30 feet in size, and cracking the street and sidewalk all the way down to Taft Drive.
While the construction means some noise and navigating caution tape for a few more days, some residents in the area said it didn't really bother them.
"I just kind of walk around it," said CU student Natalie Lager, who added she didn't notice the noise.
CU student Madison Frim said the students who lived on the street were so close to the school that a minor detour wasn't that big a deal.
"Maybe driving it might be kind of a pain, but it doesn't really affect me," she said. "It's kind of annoying I guess but it's not too bad."
Frim added that after seeing the damage to the road Thursday, she wasn't surprised to hear the repairs would stretch into next week.
"It kind of seems like it's a big project," she said.