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Center City cave-in repairs, closures continue: 'This could take 2-3 weeks'

January 27, 2019 - 11:03 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Crews are still working to repair a large cave-in that happened last week at 20th and Chestnut Streets in Center City. That intersection and the surrounding streets have been closed since it happened, and officials say those closures are going to continue.

Spokesman John DiGiulio with the Philadelphia Water Department expects 20th Street to remain closed to drivers between Market and Sansom and Chestnut Street between 19th and 21st for about two to three weeks.

"We need to have some utility coordination, make sure that it's safe to work in that cave-in where the sewer failed," he explained.

That underground sewer failure happened during last Monday's evening rush.

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"What started as a rather small, maybe 3x4 cave-in has spread almost the entire width of the intersection in one direction and maybe halfway the other side," he said.

So what happens if this area is normally part of your daily travels?

"We ask people that rely on SEPTA to continue to check with SEPTA for bus detours,” he said. “Anyone who drives through the area, find alternate routes.”

For anyone who maybe on foot or bike, in that area, DiGiulio asks that you be extra careful and just keep your distance from the work site.