Officials: sinkhole at Boise State caused by faulty pipe

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 19:35:37-04

University Drive on Boise State University's campus is looking almost back to normal, after a water line break caused a sinkhole on the high-traffic road Monday night.

Crews say the break was due to the structural failure of a section of a 27-year-old PVC water pipe underground. Repair was completed overnight and the broken section of pipe was replaced with a ductile iron pipe.

University officials say none of the nearby buildings sustained any damage.

"We brought out about 10 emergency porta-potties and got folks set up," said Greg Hahn, Boise State's Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing. "We left the [student recreation center] open all day and night, and hopefully accommodated everyone's needs for the few hours that everything was shut down."

An asphalt crew is scheduled to repave the road Wednesday, and the intersection will be closed at least through Wednesday evening.

The Boise Fire Department says the reserve engine partially submerged in the sinkhole received minor damage and will be back in service in a few days.