Sinkhole in downtown Burlington

by Michael Mosher on August 13, 2012

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BURLINGTON, Vt. –

A massive sinkhole opened up in Burlington’s downtown Friday, forcing some drivers to find a new route.

Officials received a call about the sinkhole at Main Street and South Willard Street shortly after 6 a.m. The Department of Public Works says the main sewer line collapsed, causing the road to cave in. Despite its size, crews say no cars fell into that hole.

They say the timeline to fix the sewer line depends on the condition it is in and what kind of obstacles are in their way.

“You’ve got utilities on the ground, you’ve got power, you’ve got gas, you’ve got water. We’re trying to dig around those as safely as we can to get to our sewer line,” said Rich Thibault of the Burlington Department of Public Works-Streets.

Crews say it could be finished sometime Friday evening.

The westbound lane of travel is open, but police advise drivers to use an alternate route Friday.

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