The $2 million sinkhole


The sinkhole, located less than two blocks from the White House, has snarled downtown traffic for more than a week. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

No one’s exactly sure what undermined the pavement at 14th and F streets NW. Officials on Friday said they suspect a botched utility project that diverted stormwater into the ground rather than a sewer may be to blame. But the upshot, The Washington Post’s Mark Berman reports, is that fixing the mess will end up taking nearly two weeks and $2 million to fix. The pit, which appears to have developed over the course of years, is “the most complicated street repair I’ve seen since I’ve been on the job,” said D.C. Water General Manager George S. Hawkins. It will be fixed by Friday, Hawkins and other city officials promise.

In other news:

United Medical Center will require up to $15 million a year in taxpayer support without an overhaul, consultants say (PostWBJExaminer)

Time to just start over with a new name and new hospital? (WBJ)

Vince Gray, Eleanor Holmes Norton pledge to fight off thus far nonexistent congressional meddling (PostExaminerWJLA-TV)

Dana Milbank: “[B]efore they can make demands of the House, D.C. officials need to get their own house in order” (Post column)

Man who shot attacking pit bull would prefer gun-rights activists donate to young victim instead of him (WaTimes)

Erstwhile taxi meter contractor wants $18.5 million in compensation (WBJ)

Phil Mendelson: “I think often, too often, the adjudication of tickets is unfair” (WTOP)

Matthew Frumin’s next act: public education advocate extraordinaire (Post)

Anonymous teacher isn’t pleased by changes to charter school’s grading policy (Examiner)

Harry Jaffe finishes up Examiner run with baseball plaudits (Examiner column)

Michelle Obama learned to “freeze dance” at Savoy Elementary (Washingtonian)

Could these giant-beetle-looking contraptions end the U-turns-on-Pennsylvania problem? (GGW)

Former D.C. government lawyer is jailed for contempt in civil case (Legal Times)

The no-RPP-apartment trend could expand to Dupont Circle (Borderstan)

City moves to give employers exemption from sick-leave law (WBJ)

Robbery turns into carjacking turns into kidnapping turns into police chase (Post)

Daniel Boulud outpost at CityCenter? (WBJ)

Ten members of Congress sign letter asking for Redskins name change (Native American Times)

This Vincent Orange-branded edifice could be yours (Curbed)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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