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Baltimore’s East North Avenue could reopen this month after July sinkhole

A busy stretch of East North Avenue could reopen by Dec. 16 after a sinkhole in July forced people from their residences and several condemned homes.

East North Avenue in East Baltimore Midway is on schedule to fully reopen, said James E. Bentley, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works on Tuesday afternoon. East North Avenue is a main artery of the city.

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Both directions of East North Avenue between Greenmount and Homewood avenues were shut down indefinitely after a sinkhole opened up in a sidewalk at the 700 block of East North Avenue.

The city has since been repairing the sinkhole, and plans to reopen earlier had been pushed back a few times, Bentley said. Work was delayed by three weeks in November because of inclement weather and additional time associated with installing the reinforced concrete drain, he said.

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“The new reinforced concrete drain was completed, and the final steel beam used for excavation support was removed,” he said.

Contractors this week are installing storm drain manholes, and local sewer and water utilities, as well as backfilling the site for restoration of the roadway and final site stabilization, he said.

The sinkhole was created in part by a weekend storm, officials said in July. There has been no word from the city yet on what caused the sinkhole.

At least three homes were demolished and upward of nine people total were displaced, Alice Kennedy, commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development, said in July.


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