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Borough crews repairing hole that opened suddenly

by on August 29, 2014 10:49 AM

Indiana street department workers got an early jump on what could have turned into a serious problem for drivers and pedestrians this morning in the area of Wayne Avenue and Locust and South Seventh streets.

Alerted to a small hole that appeared in the pavement, Street Department Director David Fairman said he found a void about 5 feet wide, 10 feet long and 4 feet deep, where the soil under the pavement had eroded away due to a broken storm-water pipe.

A borough police officer on routine patrol discovered the hole about 1:25 a.m.

Fairman said he contacted Pennsylvania One Call System to map out the underground utilities, and the crew first dug in at 4 a.m.

Fairman said this morning he expected workers to temporarily replace a corroded section of 18-inch drain pipe and to cover the hole with thick steel plates, and to open the area to traffic by lunchtime today.

There will be no traffic restrictions through the long holiday weekend.

Workers will be back on site Wednesday to make permanent repairs, Fairman said.

PHOTO: Indiana Borough maintenance crew members, from left, Dave Fairman, Scott Lorenzo, Chad Shultz and Steve Palmer, worked this morning to fix a sinkhole that opened at Wayne Avenue and Locust Street in Indiana. (Tom Peel/Gazette)

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