Sinkhole causes Center City street closure, traffic issues

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A sinkhole shut down traffic Tuesday to a busy Center City street.


The depression, which was discovered Monday night in the middle of 17th Street between Walnut and Locust streets, creating delays throughout the day.

John DiGiulio, Philadelphia Water Department spokesman, said he hopes the hole can be repaired by Tuesday night.

“We’re trying to talk with the Streets Department, and we’re talking internally, to see if there is a chance to do that tonight,” he said.





DiGiulio said the sinkhole was caused by a 3-inch break in a connection that services the high-rise building at 1700 Walnut Street. Water from the leak eroded the ground underneath 17th Street, which led to the depression, DiGiulio said.

The building’s residential and commercial units did suffer service issues, which were resolved just before 4 p.m.

He added that if residents see a depression in a street, they can report it to 215-685-6300.













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