Repairs focus on water, gas, phone at site of Toledo sinkhole

Crews continue repair work at the site of a sinkhole.

Crews working to repair damage from a giant sinkhole on a busy Toledo road are set to restore water lines at the site Monday.

The city says crews will finalize the water line repair and remove water service from bypass back to the permanent water line at the site of Wednesday's sinkhole.

According to police, a woman travelling southbound on Detroit Ave. at Bancroft drove into the large hole Wednesday afternoon. The entire vehicle, with driver inside, became engulfed by the hole in the road. The driver was extricated with no serious injuries.

Crews worked through the July 4th holiday to clear debris and remove blockages from the combined sewer system within the hole. Contractors from AT&T and Columbia Gas will be at the site on Monday to inspect telephone and gas lines. They will evaluate any potential impact from the sinkhole's damage.

The city says it continues to work to identify the source of the cave-in; however, some have pointed to an outdated sewer line built in the late 1800's.

The old line and giant cavern below the roadway can be seen in dramatic photos given to WNWO by the Toledo Fire Department. VIEW PHOTOS

Repaving is set to begin on Tuesday. Crews hope to reopen to road by the end of the week.