Large sinkhole opens up on Tireman

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Police are diverting traffic on Tireman near Greenfield on Detroit’s west side after a large sinkhole opened up.

The sinkhole was a result of a collapsed sewer pipe, according to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

“It’s about 12 feet wide, and it’s taking up quite a bit of space,” Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said. “We have a scout on the scene to handle traffic.”

No homes or businesses were affected in the area near the Detroit-Dearborn border, according to the DWSD. Crews were on the scene Thursday afternoon. The estimated repair time was unknown.

Large sinkholes periodically open in Metro Detroit. Last year, residents used a sinkhole at Hull Street and McNichols to catch fish for about four years without the hole being fixed.

A massive sinkhole, measuring 30 feet deep, 60 feet wide, and 160 feet long, opened Aug. 22, 2004, on 15 Mile in Sterling Heights. It took months to repair it, at a cost of $25 million.

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Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.