A sinkhole in South Philadelphia has neighbors on edge

Shara Dae Howard
February 28, 2020 - 6:16 pm
South Philly sinkhole

Shara Dae Howard/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A sinkhole in South Philadelphia has drivers and cyclists worried and neighbors wondering just how long before the city finally makes repairs. 

"Wow. That's not a pothole, that's a sinkhole. It's pretty big," said Richard Triolo when he saw the sinkhole on Sheridan Street near 7th Street and Passyunk Avenue.

He lives in the neighborhood and says as an avid cyclist, this worries him. 

"Maybe the urban myths of the animals living under the street are true. That's a pretty big pothole and I wouldn't want to live on this block," he said.

Chelsea, who also lives in the neighborhood, says the sinkhole has been there too long, and people can't get by on the street. 

"It's been there for about a week. I walked by it maybe Sunday or Monday," she said. 

Andrew with the Royal Tavern says it's recently been marked, but it's still a possible safety hazard for his patrons. 

"Even though it's marked, you don't realize the size or extent of it until you're inside of it. It's just safety 101," he said. 

The Philadelphia Water Department said they are aware of the sinkhole and will be working with the Streets Department to assess the sinkhole and make the area safe.