PITTSBURGH — In late October 2019, the Western Pa. region was captivated by a sinkhole that partially swallowed a Port Authority bus in Downtown Pittsburgh.
It became a viral sensation and the subject of memes, ornaments, T-shirts and Halloween costumes.
Here is an ever-updating timeline of what happened and the repairs still underway:
- Channel 11’s Aaron Martin found out that crews made an unexpected discovery in the investigation into the cause of the sinkhole. PWSA officials confirm a damaged 6-inch water line underneath the road was not connected to a nearby building, as its records indicated. It’s unclear how long the line has been disconnected, but a PWSA spokesman says it could have been decades.
- Repairs to the sinkhole came to a grinding halt because of an underground tunnel, which is 28 feet underground, is used to supply steam to heat downtown businesses. It was damaged when the sinkhole opened up, and crews are trying to figure out how to fix it. Regarding the timetable on when the repairs will be made, city officials said they hope it won’t take six months or up to a year.
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