The sinkhole has been opened up to expose sewer construction from the late 1800's as well the deterioration underneath on Woodward and Randolph in Detroit on January 20. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
Detroit — Crews are assessing the damage Monday of a 14-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up downtown over the weekend.
Michigan Department of Transportation officials became aware of the sinkhole on eastbound Jefferson at Randolph about 1 a.m. Sunday when a taxi got stuck in it, said Diane Cross, a spokeswoman with MDOT. Cross was not aware of any injuries to the taxi driver.
Officials learned there was a water main break about 14 feet underground, which caused the surface to collapse.
The sinkhole was about twice the size of a manhole, Cross said, but crews had to cut concrete and enlarge the hole to about 10 by 10 feet to assess the damage.
Several utility services, including DTE Energy, AT&T and the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage, run through the area.
“It’s really quite a situation of potential issues because so many utilities run their way through there,” Cross said. “We’re going very carefully through the area. ... We’re still at the assessment stage.”
Cross on Monday morning did not have an estimated time for when the sinkhole might be repaired.
“The work will be ongoing, 24/7,” Cross said.