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Sinkhole Closes Streets Downtown

Just two months after a sinkhole closed a street in Adams Morgan, another has appeared in Washington. This time, it could have a big effect on afternoon rush hour.

The sinkhole at the intersection of 14th and F streets NW has resulted in the closure of portions of both street, with 14th Street traffic diverted to New York Avenue and F Street traffic moved on to Pennsylvania Avenue. The problem won't be resolved before the afternoon rush hour, according to District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Monica Hernandez.

Update, 3:45 p.m.: The hole is 15 feet deep, according to DC Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring, and was caused when a piece of concrete from higher underground broke through a sewer line.  "The concrete fell and broke our sewer line, and that compromised all the soil around it," says Mooring.

Mooring says the hole could be repaired by tomorrow morning's rush hour. If it isn't, she expects workers to put a plate on it, and then return to construction when rush hour is over.

Photos by Will Sommer

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