Sinkhole at 41st and Hillcrest

Utilities workers evaluate a small sinkhole that developed Wednesday near the intersection of North 41st Street and Hillcrest Drive after a storm drain collapsed. Hillcrest is blocked between Glendale Drive and Cobbs Drive, and repairs are expected to take eight to 10 days, according to the city.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

A small sinkhole near the intersection of North 41st Street and Hillcrest Drive has forced the city to set up a detour while crews work to repair a collapsed storm drain that caused the sinkhole.

Police and city workers started blocking the intersection Wednesday afternoon after the five-foot deep hole opened up, and repairs are expected to take eight to 10 days, city spokesman Chris Martin said in a press release.

Hillcrest is blocked from Glendale Drive to Cobbs Drive, and a detour is set up along 41st Street and Pine Avenue. 

"It is a storm drain that has broken, collapsed and caused the soil above it to fall down into the line," City Water Utilities spokesman Jonathan Echols said. "Usually, it is a water line that has collapsed, but this time it is a storm drain that will have to be fixed."

Crews used water and a dye solution to verify the drainage issue and placed equipment down to inspect the damage, Echols said.

Police blocked access to the intersection at North 41st Street and Pine Avenue throughout the afternoon. Echols suggested motorists avoid the area for the remainder of the week as he was unsure of when the line would be repaired.

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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