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Roads closed, detours set up after water main break causes sinkhole at BSU

Some streets at Boise State University will be closed Monday due to a water main break. Streets impacted include Lincoln, University and Joyce.
Some streets at Boise State University will be closed Monday due to a water main break. Streets impacted include Lincoln, University and Joyce.

A water main break near the intersection of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue at Boise State University caused flooding of streets and parking lots on Sunday night and only some of the area has reopened.

While the water has dried, University Drive is still closed from Joyce Street to Lincoln and Lincoln is closed at the intersection with University.

The flooding, which created a sinkhole, was expected to impact driving and parking on campus. There are still some areas around the intersection that are reduced to one lane or have detours, so Boise State urges drivers to use caution.

BSU reports that it should take two days to repair and repave the road around the sinkhole.

There was a water main break at the campus last October, and a responding Boise fire truck got stuck in a sink hole.

Suez crews were on scene Sunday. The company said on Twitter that the break is not in the same place as last fall.

Students, staff and others are asked to follow detour signs around the perimeter of campus. The best streets to access campus: Boise Avenue, Beacon Street, Broadway Avenue and Cesar Chavez Lane.

Areas impacted by the flooding include Theatre Lane and the East Side Administration plaza lot. Parking won’t be permitted in the East Administration or Liberal Arts lots.

The Lincoln Parking Garage remains open and can be accessed from Beacon Street and Lincoln Avenue south of University Drive.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413

Reporter Ruth Brown contributed to this report.

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