Sinkhole to Keep 14th St. Intersection Closed Through This Evening

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A pair of sinkholes in downtown D.C. have closed a major intersection. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A pair of sinkholes in downtown D.C. have closed a major intersection. (credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — District of Columbia officials are reopening two southbound lanes of 14th Street in downtown Washington while repairs continue to a sinkhole that has formed at a busy intersection.

The D.C. Water utility says the 14th Street sinkhole requires complex repairs. Workers are trying to determine what caused underground concrete to fall 15 feet into a sewer line below. An investigator on Tuesday found concrete had collapsed a 54-inch brick sewer line below.

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Officials say the northbound lanes of 14th Street will likely remain closed through Friday as repairs continue.

Part of the road collapsed at the intersection a few blocks from the White House on Tuesday afternoon leaving a 15-foot hole and damaging a sewer line. Officials say the sewer line built in 1897 is below multiple utilities and old trolley tracks.

Traffic has been diverted for blocks around the intersection.

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