Airport Route Reopens After Sinkhole Repairs

The sinkhole measured 20-feet by 40-feet

The large sinkhole that opened up just blocks from Lindbergh Field was repaired and the street reopened to traffic Wednesday.

A water main break happened around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, turning North Harbor Drive into a river. Soon, the road crumbled beneath the rushing water. Authorities issued a Sig Alert.

“You can imagine what would happen if somebody actually drove into that and how disastrous that could be,” Lt. Paul Phillips with the San Diego Police Department said.

The sinkhole measured 20-feet by 40-feet, but police say the damage could have been worse. Two drivers reported the water main break, and crews were able to get the water turned off quickly, according to officials.

Police shut down the eastbound side of North Harbor Drive between Laning Road and Nimitz Boulevard. The water department worked through the night on repairs.

By 11:10 a.m., the road was reopened to traffic.

No nearby residents had their water shut off as a result of the break.

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