Sinkhole gives way in Providence during evening commute


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A busy street in Providence was shut down for several hours while crews repaired a sinkhole that gave way early Friday evening.

The sinkhole opened up in the 400-block of Manton Avenue, across from the Speedway gas station.

Both lanes of travel were blocked off and traffic was being diverted to prevent further damage. The area reopened to traffic nearly four hours after the sinkhole was reported.

Councilman Michael Correia, Ward 6, tells Eyewitness News crews have not yet determined what caused the sinkhole but said they have not discovered any water leaks.

At this time, crews are working to determine if the compromised concrete stretches further down or across the road.

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