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Pennsylvania Ave. reopened in both directions (Update)

UPDATED POST (4:47 p.m.): Pennsylvania Avenue has now reopened in both directions. District Department of Transportation filled and plated the hole. Spokesman John Lisle says crews will make permanent repairs next week.

UPDATED POST (4:15 p.m.): Frank Pacifico, street and bridge maintenance manager for the District Department of Transportation, tells The Post's Greg Gaudio that crews expect to fill the sinkhole with concrete, cover it with a steel plate and reopen eastbound lanes by 5 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST: A four-foot wide by four-foot long, five-foot deep sinkhole opened up in the 2600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. NW this afternoon. It is causing ongoing diversions and will affect the rush hour commute.

PennSinkhole.jpg(DDOT Photo)

The D.C. Department of Transportation is working to cover the hole with a plate, pending a more permanent repair.

Eastbound traffic was blocked for a few minutes, but crews have reopened two lanes for eastbound traffic between 28th and 29th streets. That means that westbound traffic is now being diverted from Pennsylvania Ave onto 26th, then onto M St, and back to Pennsylvania Ave. This will cause delays.

John Lisle, spokesman for the District's Department of Transportation, says he does not know how long the diversion will last, but he expects crews will cover the hole sometime this afternoon.

By James Hohmann  |  July 2, 2009; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Driving  | Tags: Pennsylvania Ave., Sinkhole  
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The more permanent repair will happen in 2012.

Posted by: g3rd80 | July 2, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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