By Tim Jimenez and Greg Argos

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– Repair work to sinkhole that opened up in Rittenhouse Square on Monday should be complete by Wednesday afternoon officials say.

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The sinkhole that developed on 17th and Walnut was the gateway for the backhoe to smash through and open up the road for the water department to get to a three-inch line that broke.

The line connected the main to an apartment building.

The sinkhole expanded and became a nuisance in recent days, says Julia King, who works on the block.

“I drove by it and I just drove around it. And there wasn’t even a cone blocking it so if you weren’t careful your tire probably could have gone right into it.”

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Crews needed to fix the line then patch up the road, but they had to stop work because of a live wire and were waiting for PECO to arrive to the scene.

“The water department has finished work on the repairs to the service line, and currently the Philadelphia Streets Department will take over the restoration of the roadway,” said city officials. “Tonight, they will be pouring concrete, and will do the asphalt work in the morning.  We fully intend on having the roadway open by tomorrow afternoon.”



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