Big sinkhole closes downtown street
Breaks in two old water lines in downtown Kansas City within three days this week have streets blocked while crews make repairs.
The latest opened a sinkhole Friday morning at Ninth and Walnut streets.
Brooke Givens, a spokeswoman for the Water Services Department, said the 10-inch main there was laid in 1895. Water department crews are working to replace the main.
A separate 10-inch water main, laid in 1920, broke Wednesday at 13th Street and Baltimore Ave., also opening a hole in the street. A contract crew working to replace that pipe discovered a storm water line that also needed repair. A city crew was working on that Friday.
Givens said the water department tries to fix breaks within 24 hours.