Water department sets new timeline for Albany sinkhole to get fixed

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Work continues on the sinkhole in Albany. It opened up last month, swallowing a car at the corner of Elberon Place and South Lake Avenue.

The Water Department Commissioner says rainy weather has been an ongoing obstacle, causing safety concerns at the site. Crews were supposed to be out of there weeks ago, before Labor Day weekend.

But that’s not the case.

The Commissioner did however say from the start that this was going to be a complex repair. They first had to repair the sewer line that sits at the very bottom of the hole. It was damaged by a heavy gasket that blew off when the pipe burst.

Once that was complete, they installed new storm drains.

That work is actually part of a project they were set to begin in the fall, but figured they might as well put those in while the ground was already excavated.

Now that those are in, they’ve been backfilling all weekend up to where the water main line runs and on Monday crews will finally be able to repair what put them here in the first place. They’ll be installing the new specially ordered 42 inch pipes.

The water department has set the new time frame for completion for the end of next week if the water cooperates.

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