11th street

PennDOT has closed 11th Street in the vicinity of Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana so the state agency and the borough can work on what borough Public Works Director Dave Fairman has described as a huge sinkhole.

Council President Peter Broad said it was discovered Tuesday and apparently emerged because of recent heavy rain. At Tuesday’s council meeting Broad said Fairman told him 11th Street has not sunk but it is hollowed out under the surface.

It’s not the only roadway headache in town.

PennDOT District 10 officials said Route 286 (Oakland Avenue) will be closed between Philadelphia Street and 11th Street between Thursday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 a.m., to allow for improvements including milling, patching and paving.

Meanwhile, crews have been working on Oakland Avenue, limiting traffic to one lane at times between Philadelphia and 11th.

During the upcoming shutdown, PennDOT has suggested a 2.9-mile detour utilizing Philadelphia Street, South Seventh Street, Wayne Avenue and Rose Street, then back to Oakland Avenue.