Traffic diverted after large sinkhole opens up in downtown Indianapolis


Photo of the sinkhole at Ohio and Pennsylvania streets.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Crews are busy trying to fix a sinkhole that developed on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

IMPD says the sinkhole developed at the busy intersection of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and it’s 17 feet across, 10.5 feet deep, and 14 feet long.

Emergency crews were first alerted to this when drivers had to swerve out of the way to avoid it and called police.

Southbound traffic on Pennsylvania is restricted and being diverted eastbound to New York Street until it’s repaired. Eastbound traffic on Ohio Street is being diverted onto Meridian. Westbound traffic on Ohio Street is being diverted to northbound Delaware Street.

Also, anyone who works or parks at the Salesforce Tower will need to use the Market Street entrance.

IMPD, IFD, the Department of Public Works and Citizens Gas are all working to fix it. Fire officials say a breech in the sewer system is to blame, so it isn’t affecting water in the area.

DPW released the following statement on Thursday morning:

“DPW is continuing to work with IMPD and Citizens Energy Group to safely resolve this issue. We are still in the exploratory phase, and crews are out this morning to televise the below-ground infrastructure. We expect that roads will be closed at least through this morning as we explore the extent of the issue. Motorists should avoid routes that use Pennsylvania Ave, between New York St and Market St; and Ohio St, between Meridian St and Delaware St.”

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