Large Sinkhole On Fourth Street, Caused By Central Subway Construction, May Take Weeks To Fix

: sfist – excerpt

A pretty significant sinkhole that appeared at Fourth and Jessie Streets over the weekend, which the SFMTA is euphemistically referring to as a “void in the street,” may take two weeks or more to fix, and definitely freaked out the employees and owner of Cole Hardware, which sits right next to the “void.”

As Cole Hardware owner Paul Shindler told KTVU, “It wasn’t so bad, until they sent an officer in here telling us to shut our front door. So that was nerve-wracking!”

Bay City News reports that the SFMTA is investigating the cause of the sinkhole, which happened right above the path of the Central Subway tunnel, and that they will be inspecting the complete route of the new subway to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Also, apparently, the sinkhole impacted a water main but did not impact any surrounding buildings. Crews have filled in some concrete underneath to stabilize the street, and currently two lanes of Fourth Street are open.

As of today it’s undetermined how long long repairs will take… (more)

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