Sinkhole Closes F Street Near SR 94 in Downtown

A broken water main and sinkhole are tying things up on F Street for commuters heading into downtown San Diego from westbound State Route 94.

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The water main break happened at 3:30 a.m. and quickly developed into a sinkhole.

As a result, F Street was closed between 13th and 15th, 14th Streets closed between E and G Streets. One lane of F Street reopened after 11 a.m.

Water carried mud and rocks several blocks away so workers were all over East Village clearing storm drains and cleaning up the mess.

Water service has been closed in the immediate area. The area does not have very many residential customers.

The 16-inch cast iron pipe that burst was installed in 1911, according to Arian Collins with the water department. He said there aren't many of these older pipes left in the city.

The estimated time of restoration is 9 p.m. tonight and the area will be closed until the fix is complete. 

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