W. Baltimore St. closed after broken water main creates sinkhole

August 22, 2011
  • Workers repair a broken water main which created a sinkhole 12 feet long by 6 feet wide and 4 feet deep on Baltimore Street between Hood Street and Summit Avenue in Hagerstown on Monday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The City of Hagerstown's water division is continuing to work to repair a water main break that occurred Monday morning on West Baltimore Street between Hood Street and Summit Avenue, and department officials hope to have that section of West Baltimore Street reopened to traffic by 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to city spokeswoman Mary King.

King said the work schedule will depend on the extent of the repairs needed.

The 12-inch water main broke at about 3 a.m., according to Michael Spiker, director of utilities for the City of Hagerstown Utilities Department.

The running water from the water main created a sinkhole in the street, Spiker said. Workers shut down the water main when they arrived Monday.

Repairing the water main will require more excavation in the street, according to Spiker.

Motorists using Baltimore Street will be forced to detour around the work area using other city streets, King said.

Work crews will attempt to allow local traffic to access properties in the block during the closure, King said.  

Motorists approaching the work zone should expect to encounter cones, barricades and other traffic-control devices, and emergency vehicles will not be able to pass along Baltimore Street where the break occurred, King said.

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