Sinkhole closes down 9th Street in Lafayette

You may have to reroute your driving plans today. A sinkhole estimated to be six feet deep and eight feet wide is blocking a busy intersection.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 4:42 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2019 5:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - You may have to reroute your driving plans today. A sinkhole estimated to be six feet deep and eight feet wide is blocking a busy intersection.

The sinkhole is located at ninth and south streets in downtown Lafayette. It appeared around 10:00 P.M. last night.

A person contacted the city, thinking it was a large pothole. There was no damage to any cars and no injuries.

City Engineer Jeromy Grenard says the sinkhole was caused by sandy soil that created a void in the concrete.

"They caught it really early and so we were able to fill it last night with some stone and put a steel plate over the top of it until we could get to it today and do the permanent fix," said Grenard.

Grenard says he expects to have 9th street open by this evening. In the meantime, detour signs are in place.

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