Large sinkholes cause street closures in Glendale, Phoenix

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 6:23 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 28 at 10:24 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – A giant sinkhole forced the closure of northbound 67th Avenue at Camelback Road in Glendale Monday morning.

There were already restrictions in the area because of the construction on Camelback Road. That construction has been going on for some time, but now the huge sinkhole, probably caused by recent rain, is making the situation worse.

The sinkhole is about 12 feet wide and several feet deep. It’s right in the middle of the intersection.

According to the Glendale Fire Department, calls about the hole started coming in Sunday afternoon.

Drivers were able to avoid the hole so no injuries were reported. As a safety precaution, crews checked the area for gas leaks. There were no problems with that.

There’s no word when the hole will be fixed and the street reopened.

Drivers were being advised to use 59th or 75th avenues as alternates. While Camelback Road is open, drivers looking to avoid the situation completely might want to consider Indian School or Bethany Home roads.

A second sinkhole was reported on Seventh Street at Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. That hole is reportedly up to 15 feet deep and was caused by a water-main break. Seventh Street is restricted in the area; one lane is getting by in each direction. Cave Creek Road is the alternate route for that one.

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