Main water pipeline under University Drive breaks; road under construction until further notice

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Updated at 4:13 p.m. Tues., Oct. 3. 

A main waterline in front of the new Sawtooth and Honors College building burst at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, causing a sinkhole in the middle of University Drive across from the Student Union Building.

“The break was due to structural failure of a section of 1990 PVC pipe in University Drive. A repair to the main line was completed overnight and the broken section of PVC was replaced with ductile iron pipe,” Greg Hahn wrote in an update on the Boise State website.

He also wrote that a crew is scheduled to repave the road on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Photo by: Kyle Rennie.

“There was water coming out right in front of the Honors building,” said freshman resident Carrie Olsen. “The fire truck drove right over it and the ground underneath gave out.”

Currently, the water is back on throughout campus after being shut off through the night as police and fire crews worked to assess the situation. 

The intersection of Lincoln Dr. and University Ave. is now open, wrapping around the Lincoln Garage. A portion of University Ave. in front of the SUB remains closed.

Classes will still be in session, with a few Honors classes moved to another classroom, according to a BroncoAlert. Students are advised to stand by for further information.

For more information on alternative routes, visit Boise State’s website.

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