Two holes shut down a portion of Main Street between 7th and 8th Streets

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A section of Main Street is crumbling Friday night and city workers are trying to figure out why.

That section of Main Street, between seven and eighth streets, is shut down so workers can try to fix the problem. The two large and deep holes were discovered just after rush hour.

At this point city crews aren't sure just how big the problem is. At first glance, they just look like two potholes, big enough to hurt your car, but not much more. But a closer look shows a much bigger problem. A problem that could become much worse.

"Anything could happen, so we want to make sure that we are standing on the side of prevention and safety," said Angela Fountain, Department of Public Utilities.

At first city crews weren't sure what they were dealing with, so they rushed three different crews to the scene and they got to work immediately.

Workers from the Department of Public Utilities and Public Works found a hole wide and deep. Early on it appeared that the issue stems from the city's combined sewer system that runs under the road. The buckling of the pipes under the road caused a cavity in the blacktop. It was enough to shut the road down to traffic.

"The first thing we want to do is secure the area, to make sure nobody gets near it," said Fountain.

And if the problem is the combined sewer system, it could be fixed sometime over the weekend. Meaning this one block of Main Street will be closed, but at least at a time when traffic is light.

"If it had to happen, we are glad it happened when not a lot of people are going along the road," Fountain said.

Despite the problem being connected to the combined sewer system, Waste Water Utility Department has no reports of any loss of service. If you plans take you downtown this weekend, do your best to avoid Main Street between 7th and 8th.

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