Collapsed manhole causes intersection at Illinois, West Maryland streets downtown to close

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Citizens Energy says a collapsed manhole at Illinois Street and West Maryland Streets in downtown Indianapolis has caused the intersection to close indefinitely.

The utility company said they are on the scene investigating the issue. A spokesperson for Citizens Energy said at this time, there's no immediate danger to the public. However, people should stay away from the area while crews work to repair it.

The brick structure underneath the manhole, which is about 100 years old, collapsed. They found a 12' by 12' void underneath. While it doesn't look too dangerous from the street, Citizens is doing some excavation to make sure it doesn't become a sinkhole.

Crews discovered the issue while inspecting and cleaning the sewer underneath.

Traffic is being re-routed with access closed a block in every direction of the intersection.  Foot traffic can still pass through.

In response, State Senator Jim Merritt is calling for a complete audit of the city's infrastructure.

"These sorts of situations are happening all the time now," Senator Merritt said, "This is a problem, and we have to get our arms around it, and to get our arms around it, we have to know how large the problem actually is."