Hole in a sewer pipe caused Colley Avenue sinkhole on Friday

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by Arrianee LeBeau, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 5:59 PM

UPDATE  Monday May 5th:  Norfolk Public Works crews have determined that a sewer pipe with a hole in it was the cause of  a sinkhole that shut down traffic on Colley Avenue between Southampton and Woodis Avenues on Friday.

Crews ran a camera through a manhole which found sediment spilled into the pipe, which created the void that caused the road to buckle and create the sinkhole.

Crews were able to put gravel on top of the pipe to prevent further erosion and the sewer pipe is currently working. A contractor will come out later in the week and repair the section of pipe that is broken 13-feet below the road surface.

Traffic is currently getting by in a turning lane. They hope to have the road completely open by the end of the week.

 

7:45 p.m. UPDATE: Colley Ave. has reopened after it gave way to a sinkhole earlier today. Crews temporarily patched up the hole, but will resume work sometime tomorrow.

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NORFOLK -- A small sinkhole has opened up and police are blocking traffic on Colley Avenue between Southampton and Woodis avenues. 

Norfolk public works officials are still trying to determine what caused the hole to open up.

Public works crews will make a temporary repair Friday night and hope to have the street open by the evening hours. On Saturday, the road will close again as crews work to determine the cause and permanently repair the hole, city officials said.   

This stretch of Colley Avenue leads to Fort Norfolk, a Sentara clinic, and the Harbor's Edge Retirement Community.