35th Avenue and Van Buren to be closed through weekend after water main break, sinkhole

Posted at 7:43 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 22:43:47-04

Phoenix city crews finished repairing a broken water main Friday that caused a large sinkhole at 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street, and repairs to the roadway will continue for several more days.

Drivers can expect lane closures and full detours until Sunday night or Monday morning as pavers rip out and replace a 100' by 60' segment of asphalt. 

Water Service Department managers say the 12-inch, cast iron water main was built in the 1940s and broke due to its age Thursday. A Valley Metro bus got stuck as the roadway collapsed and a large, muddy hole formed. No one was injured.   

City officials say they replace city water lines when they are 75-100 years old, but they have a limited budget and prioritize projects based on overall pipe condition and prior leaks.