A gaping hole lies in the middle of the sidewalk. (Brian Card)

Anyone walking and texting down this street is setting themselves up for the fall — literally. A fallen manhole has created a gaping hole that is the stuff of cartoon hijinks, Wile E. Coyote would be proud.

Brian Card noticed and reported a hole in the sidewalk in the 1700 block of 11th St. NW, about 20 feet above the northwest corner of 11th and R streets.

It’s unclear whether or not someone picked the pothole cover up or if it worked itself loose. We’re going to find out if this is a job for the District Department of Public Works or the District Department of Transportation to see what would need to be done to get it fixed before someone takes a painful stumble.