A large sinkhole on East Monument Street near Johns Hopkins Hospital widened this weekend, potentially compromising sanitation lines to multiple homes and businesses along the street and causing their water to be shut off, according to city public works officials.
Efforts to stabilize the street between North Bradford Street and North Montford Avenue and reopen it to foot traffic could take as many as nine days, officials said.
Public works crews were working with residents and business owners Monday to "conduct pre-construction structural surveys and install vibration and settlement monitors" along the street that will "notify DPW if damage to surrounding buildings is occurring," the department said in a statement.
Once stabilization is complete, repairs to the 10-foot-wide brick storm-drainage culvert that partially collapsed July 25, causing the sinkhole, will begin and foot traffic through the area may be allowed, the department said.
Vehicle traffic on East Monument will not resume until all repairs are completed, the department said.
Residents and business owners with the following addresses on East Monument are asked to call the city at 311 and leave their contact information: 2324, 2327, 2323, 2331, 2337, 2342, 2328 and 2322.
"Our goal is to contact each and every resident and merchant directly regarding access to their property to conduct the survey, and to provide any additional updates," Alfred H. Foxx, the city's public works director, said in a statement.