Sinkhole To Close Downtown Intersection Until Next Friday

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Sinkhole To Close Downtown Intersection Until Next Friday

Citizens Energy says the need to make repairs to a 100-year-old, 24-inch diameter sewer line the failed and caused the sinkhole.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The big sinkhole that his causing headaches for communters downtown is here to stay for a while.

Citizens Energy estimates that the hole will take a full week to repair, likely closing the intersection of Ohio Street and Pennsylvania Street until next Friday, July 13th. 

CEG says a 100-year-old, 24-inch diameter sewer line failed which caused the sink hoel to form.

“Citizens appreciates the patience of downtown commuters as we work as safely and quickly as possible to repair the sewer and open this busy intersection,” said Tim Blagsvedt, Director, Wastewater Collection for Citizens Energy Group in an emailed statement.

Full statement:

"Citizens Energy Group estimates the intersection of Ohio and Pennsylvania Streets in downtown Indianapolis could be closed until next Friday, July 13 as crews make repairs to a more than 100-year-old, 24-inch diameter sewer line that failed on Wednesday evening creating a sinkhole. As a result of the sinkhole that has developed, the Citizens crew must carefully excavate the site to ensure the safety of workers and continued service from multiple other utility lines located above the sewer that must be repaired."

(PHOTO: RTV6)

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