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Collapsed sewer causes deep hole to open in Louisville intersection

This hole opened up Sunday in the intersection of Broadway and Hancock Street. This hole opened up Sunday in the intersection of Broadway and Hancock Street.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A deep hole opened in the middle of a busy intersection just east of downtown Louisville Sunday afternoon.

According to MetroSafe, emergency crews responded to a hole in the intersection of Broadway and Hancock Street around 12:45 p.m. Employees of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) blocked off the area as they surveyed what happened.

Steve Tedder with MSD said a 100-year-old brick sewer runs under Broadway and part of it collapsed where it meets with a 30-inch wide section of pipe running under Hancock. The sewer is about 8 feet in diameter.

Tedder estimates another few feet of asphalt and dirt add to the depth of the hole. However, it is not 30 feet deep as previously reported.

The westbound lanes of Broadway from Clay Street to Hancock Street are closed at this time. They will remain closed until repairs are completed, Tedder said.

MSD asks the public to avoid that area of Broadway through Monday to help prevent traffic issues.

Tedder does not have an estimate for how long repairs will take, but expects to get the bus lane open to traffic on Monday. Drivers on Hancock can cross Broadway.

Crews are working to determine how to repair the hole as they figure out how extensive the damage inside the sewer is.

Tedder said there are thousands of miles of pipes below the streets. "MSD tries to find defects and repair them before things like this happen," he added, but it's not always possible.

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