BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Due to heavy downpours over the recent months and additional sinkholes at the site,  the sinkhole repair near 2330 Monument Street will not be completed until Dec. 19.

The original storm drain damage that resulted from the 40 foot sinkhole created on July 25, 2012, required 140 feet of the 120-year-old storm drain to be repaired.  However two subsequent sinkhole incidents near the original location on Aug. 26 and Oct. 4 has tripled the original amount to be repaired to 423 feet. Hurricane Sandy created no additional damage.

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“We understand and recognize the inconvenience this incident has created for the merchants and community,”  said Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx. “The Department will continue to meet regularly with those directly affected and work on the repair 24 hours / 7 days a week until the job is complete.”

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Instead of just repairing the damaged section, DPW is upgrading 500 feet of the existing 6” main to a 12” pipe. The new main will run between Patterson Park Avenue and Montford Avenue and will decrease the likelihood of a break occurring in the area in the near future.

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DPW is continuing to work with BGE, Verizon and other city agencies on the repairs.