A sinkhole that was uncovered late last week near the intersection of North 41st Street and Hillcrest Drive turned into a 30-foot hole Monday as crews continue to repair storm drain lines this week.

Work continued near the intersection Monday as workers contracted by the public works department dug a large hole to access a damaged storm drain line that had collapsed, causing the sinkhole. The roadway was blocked throughout the weekend, prompting workers to find a second drainage line that was also damaged.

“It is a bigger project than they first thought. When they got in, dug the hole and started investigating the pipe, they found an additional pipe further down that was in bad shape,” city spokesman Larry Holze said. “It needed to be replaced, too, so they are going into this as a little bit longer project than they want to, but it all needs to be done.”

The repair was originally projected to take eight to 10 days, but Holze said workers are estimating another 10- to 14-day schedule to fix the two lines. The project is being managed by the public works department, and hired contract workers will handle the labor.

No estimated cost was available Monday. Holze said both storm lines will be replaced at the end of the project.

By late Monday afternoon, workers were able to open westbound traffic one way through the intersection for late afternoon and evening traffic. Morning traffic will be open in one eastbound lane for commuters, Holze said.

“We estimate that certain things like this are going to happen, so our budget will not be impacted that much, because we plan for failure of infrastructure,” Holze said. “This is just something that has to be done.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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