Yosemite may be closed until April 12 in area of Dry Creek

Water main break caused closure


Update: South Yosemite Street opened back up in the afternoon of April 17, the city announced on Twitter.

An 18-inch water line broke between East Nichols and Mineral avenues along South Yosemite Street the evening of April 3, according to the City of Centennial and Southgate Water and Sanitation Districts.

Yosemite Street is anticipated to be closed between those avenues until April 12, a news release by the city said. That stretch of Yosemite lies between East Dry Creek and County Line roads in Centennial.

The water main break closed traffic around 5 p.m. April 3, South Metro Fire Rescue said on Twitter. Water ran into an open area in a nearby neighborhood, a video by South Metro Fire on Twitter showed. At one point that evening, Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies rerouted traffic while Yosemite was closed fully between Dry Creek and County Line roads, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

As of about 3 p.m. April 4, the pipe was repaired, said David Irish, general manager for Southgate Water.

“Now, the next challenge is the street,” said Irish, who added road repair will begin the morning of April 5. He hopes repairs could wrap up this weekend in the best-case scenario.

Initially, a sinkhole was thought to have opened in the street, but that turned out to be a three-foot dip in the asphalt with no opening, Irish said.

No personal property damage or home flooding resulted from the water main break, Irish said.

The cause is unclear of the break in the pipe, which is more than 50 years old but hadn’t broken until three years ago, Irish said. Engineers will see if a pipe defect or ground movement was the culprit, he added.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience during the inconvenience,” Irish said.

It’s possible the length of the pipe between Dry Creek and County Line roads may be replaced in the future due to the two breaks, Irish said.

Questions about the closure can be directed to Southgate Water and Sanitation at 303-779-0261.


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