Sinkhole Appears on Main Route in Oceanside

A sinkhole opened up along a major route in Oceanside, causing morning commuters to follow a detour early Thursday.

The sinkhole at El Camino Real and Mesa Drive measures approximately 22 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

The road began to buckle after a 30-inch ductile iron pipe broke just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

City crews estimate the pipe was first installed back in the late-1980's.

Repairs to the pipe could be completed by noon Thursday. However, it may take another day before the road is repaved.

Robert Gutierrez, City of Oceanside Water Utilities Department said it was a 30 inch transmission water main that had blown out.

No one is without water.

Nearby customers should anticipate two to three days to complete the repairs.

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