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Pair of Sink Holes Close Major Intersection in Downtown D.C.

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The larger of the two sinkholes at the intersection of F Street NW and 14th Street NW on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

The larger of the two sinkholes at the intersection of F Street NW and 14th Street NW on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A pair of sink holes in downtown D.C. will keep a major intersection closed through at least the Wednesday morning rush hour, authorities say.

The two sink holes were spotted just before 2 p.m. Tuesday between F Street NW and 14th Street NW, the District Department of Transportation said. The sink holes are about 40 feet apart from each other, WNEW’s Cameron Thompson said, but it is unknown if the two are related.

Several roads in the immediate area are closed as DDOT and D.C. Water crews are working to investigate and repair the roadways.

Traffic is being diverted for several blocks around the intersection. The entire intersection at F Street NW and 14th Street NW is currently closed. On F Street, northbound traffic is being diverted at Pennsylvania Avenue and southbound traffic on 14th Street is being diverted at New York Avenue. 14th Street is closed between 13th Street and 15th Street.

The road closures could remain in effect for up to two days, D.C. police said Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said they are still trying to determine what caused the sink holes.

The smaller of the two sink holes that closed a major intersection in downtown D.C. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

The smaller of the two sink holes that closed a major intersection in downtown D.C. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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