The Great D.C. Sinkhole — which opened up at 14th and F streets in Northwest Washington, transfixing a nation (or at least inspiring a Twitter account) — could continue to block lanes through the holiday weekend, authorities warned Thursday.
Two southbound lanes on 14th Street reopened for the Thursday evening commute, said Monica Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the District Department of Transportation.
But the other southbound lanes and all northbound lanes on 14th Street remained closed between New York and Pennsylvania avenues, as did F Street between 13th and 15th streets. And these other lanes may not fully reopen until Tuesday morning.
“I can tell you that more than likely they will remain closed through tomorrow morning’s rush hour period and possibly beyond the peak rush hour period,” Hernandez said. “If everything can go according to plan, our goal would be to have this entirely open over the weekend, at the latest come Tuesday morning. But the opening will be based on the repairs.”
John Lisle, spokesman for D.C. Water, said there was enough work that it could stretch over the weekend and into early next week.
Crews had to repair the damaged sewer line at the bottom of the hole and check on other utilities before they could refill and repair the road, he said.
“We’re fortunate we’ve got a long weekend and hopefully can complete it before the work week resumes on Tuesday,” Lisle said.
And in addition to mending “a fairly large hole,” investigators are trying to figure out why the hole opened in the first place, he said.
In addition, Lisle said authorities are investigating another, smaller hole near the same intersection. This one, also on 14th Street, is just north of the large hole.