Sinkhole in Tarentum causes traffic woes |

Sinkhole in Tarentum causes traffic woes

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
A Tarentum public works crew clears out a trench they created while repairing a sinkhole that developed on East 10th Avenue at Corbet Street on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Traffic was rerouted during the cleanup.

Tarentum work crews filled a sinkhole Tuesday that had closed traffic along Corbet Street between School Alley and East 10th Avenue.

Borough Manager Mike Gutonski had said the sinkhole was caused by a broken sewer line.

“They repaired it and found five breaks in the sewer line,” he said after crews were finished for the night.

“They put a temporary patch on it, and we’ll be out in the next couple of days to put a permanent fix in place,” he said.

The hole, which formed near Duster’s Funeral Home, grew to about 20 feet by 20 feet, Gutonski said.

The hole was about 4 feet square when the borough put a metal plate over it on Friday, but Gutonski called in a contractor because it kept growing and the road is heavily trafficked.

“We wanted to get it before it got really bad,” he said.

The hole was repaired by 9:30 p.m., and traffic had resumed normal flow.

Matthew Medsger and Madasyn Czebiniak are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Medsger at [email protected]. Reach Czebiniak at [email protected].

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