Avondale sinkhole repair, one month later

The sinkhole June 20 after the Metro bus was towed. (FOX19 file photo/Ben Katko)
The sinkhole June 20 after the Metro bus was towed. (FOX19 file photo/Ben Katko)

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - It's been almost a month since a sinkhole opened up near the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Avondale as a Metro bus passed over.

It happened June 19 on Shields Street, just east of Vine Street. A Metro bus drove over the buckled road around 9 p.m. at which point the sinkhole opened up. The driver was the only person on board at the time of the crash and was not injured.

Road crews were able to remove the bus from the hole and tow it away, but were left with a massive sinkhole in the street.

The Avondale intersection has since remained closed as work to repair the area where a collapsed sewage pipe created a hole 15 feet deep and 15 feet wide.

Upon initial investigation, the Metropolitan Sewage District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) estimated it would take about a month to repair the damage and reopen the road, citing the extensive nature of the process, the depth of the collapsed pipe and need for safety precautions.

Due to the depth of the sinkhole and the diameter of the shaft, MSDGC said crews installed retaining walls and structural metal "ribs" into the area days after the incident. The process makes the work difficult and slow, but is critical for safety.

The day the sinkhole opened up, reports of sewage backup upstream required odor control to be addressed.

FOX19 reached out to MSDGC to find out what updates it could share and a general timeline of when the project will be completed. Once that information is made available, we'll continue with updates to the story.

In the meantime, traffic has been safely rerouted for residents and zoo traffic, and no sewage service has been interrupted.


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