Sinkhole appears on Pratt Street, disrupts downtown traffic

October 23, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Downtown traffic was snarled yesterday by a 12-foot-long sinkhole that threatens to create headaches for those traveling to tomorrow's Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium.

The sinkhole, north of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, appeared at the edge of Pratt Street near Eutaw Street shortly before noon. No one was hurt, according to Public Works spokesman Bob Murrow.

The sinkhole is more of a buckling of pavement than a chasm, Murrow said. However, because workers can't see down into the narrow space, crews will have to dig to determine the cause.

Underneath the street in that part of downtown are sewer lines, as well as gas, water and storm-water lines. The hole might have been caused by a ruptured sewer pipe, he said.

"We're in the preliminary phase to determine if indeed that's the source of the problem," Murrow said, adding that it is unlikely the work will be completed before the Ravens game against Buffalo, scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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