Sewer line collapse causes 3-foot sinkhole in Champaign

Sewer line collapse causes 3-foot sinkhole in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Barricades have been placed around a sinkhole that developed Tuesday afternoon in downtown Champaign.

Kris Koester, administrative services supervisor for Champaign public works, said a storm sewer line collapsed at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, causing everything above the line, including part of the intersection of Church and State streets, to sink down.

Koester said the sinkhole is 3 feet wide and 4 feet deep.

According to Koester, barricades were placed around the sinkhole shortly after public works crews learned about it from Champaign police officers.

Koester said no detours will be needed. A contractor has been called to the scene to make repairs, but Koester wasn't sure on Tuesday afternoon how long it would take before the work is completed.

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rsp wrote on March 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

And when the barricades go down into the hole? One is already sinking.

SaintClarence27 wrote on March 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

I think they placed it there on purpose. I doubt this sinkhole is going to swallow up much.