Downtown disruption: Massive sinkhole impacting Pittsburgh businesses

Businesses that were shut down after a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in Downtown Pittsburgh are still being affected a day later. https://bit.ly/2psj8NZ Subscribe to WPXI: https://on.wpxi.com/YouTube Connect with WPXI online: https://www.wpxi.com/ Download our FREE apps: https://wpxiapps.com/

PITTSBURGH — Businesses that were shut down after a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in Downtown Pittsburgh are still being affected a day later.

Some places in the area surrounding 10th Street and Penn Avenue are waiting for word from the city on when they can reopen, including Ten Penny, a day care and office tenants.

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According to a release from the city Tuesday afternoon, the repairs could take eight weeks to complete.

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"There are a host of utilities impacted by the sinkhole, which complicates the restoration effort," said city officials in a release. "In addition to PWSA there is also below-ground infrastructure at the site by Duquesne Light, Verizon, Peoples Gas, and PAC Thermal (PACT)."

Here is how some nearby businesses will be affected by the repairs:

COBBLER WORLD

Debra Bonneau, the manager at the bakery on Penn Avenue, told Channel 11 she was forced to shut down after the road gave way.

"It's very, very bad," Bonneau said.

She said they will "wing it" and try to reopen as long as traffic around her business is open.

TEN PENNY RESTAURANT

The popular downtown restaurant was forced to close after the sinkhole swallowed the PAT bus Monday morning but is now back open.

THE WESTIN HOTEL

The hotel will remain open, but repairs to the sinkhole will cause a change in how guests can enter. Officials said the entrance was temporarily relocated to 10th Street and Liberty Avenue.

SMALL WORLD LEARNING CENTER/FEDEX OFFICE

The daycare is located at 960 Penn Avenue, and it is the second floor above the FedEx office. Both businesses were forced to close and are still awaiting the go-ahead from the city to reopen.

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