Sinkhole repaired, Center City street reopens

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The sinkhole that shut down traffic to a busy Center City street has been repaired, and traffic has resumed. 


The depression, which was discovered Monday night in the middle of 17th Street between Walnut and Locust streets, created delays Monday night through Wednesday afternoon.





The Water Department said Wednesday morning that its repairs were completed late Tuesday night, but the Streets Department’s asphalt work wasn’t expected to be finished until Wednesday afternoon.

John DiGiulio, a Water Department spokesman, 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.

If residents see a depression in a street, they can report it to 215-685-6300.
















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