Sinkhole closures could be lifted by Friday evening, DDOT says

Crews worked on the sinkhole Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Mark Berman) Crews working on the sinkhole. (Photo by Mark Berman)

Street closures due to a sinkhole in downtown Washington that have been in place for more than a week could be lifted as early as Friday evening, city officials said.

The sinkhole at the intersection of 14th and F streets NW has blocked lanes and traffic in the area for the past 10 days, including two work weeks and a holiday weekend. Officials described the street repairs required to fill the pit and pave the road as complicated and expensive, costing an estimated $2 million.

D.C. Department of Transportation officials said Friday morning that the repairs are expected to be complete this evening.

It remains unclear if the roadway could be reopened in time for the evening commute.

Until then, closures remain. Northbound 14th Street is shut down between Pennsylvania and New York avenues, while F Street is closed between 13th and 15th streets. Only southbound traffic can pass through the intersection. Drivers are urged to avoid the area, and buses will continue detour around the affected site.

 

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