Emergency Crews Continue to Repair Massive Sinkhole on Madison Street
Early yesterday morning, a twelve-inch water main beneath Madison Street burst, causing a gushing torrent and an enormous sinkhole to form. What started as a small pavement puncture, quickly collapsed under the weight of sustained vehicles.
At one point yesterday afternoon, 10 businesses and 150 residents were without water. Workers from Con Edison and Department of Environmental Protection were able to make temporary repairs to the water main, though, restoring the utility to customers.
The block between Rutgers and Jefferson Streets remains closed to traffic while the crew works round-the-clock to conduct “permanent repair operations and sewer investigations.” (They worked all through the night.) According to the DEP, this is the penultimate step before the hell-hole can be plugged and paved.
Sadly, this sinkhole is probably just the beginning. As previously reported, NYCHA is planning a 35-story “tower in the park” within a few yards (i.e. the LaGuardia Houses) composed of mixed-income apartments; there are also three additional large-scale skyscrapers proposed a short distance away on the waterfront. The constant drilling and pile-driving can’t help the aging infrastructure below street level.