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Cause of Mount Vernon sinkhole not yet determined, road to remain closed

A sinkhole opened up in the 100 block of W. Centre St. in Baltimore as utility work was being done in the area.
A sinkhole opened up in the 100 block of W. Centre St. in Baltimore as utility work was being done in the area. (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun)

Engineers have not yet been able to determine what caused a partial street collapse in Mount Vernon over the weekend, and say the area will remain blocked off for an indefinite amount of time.

The sinkhole opened up in the 100 block of West Centre Street around 5 a.m. Saturday, and the street has been closed off since. Traffic is being routed north around the sinkhole.

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The street has since been stabilized and water restored to a small number of customers who lost it. A six-inch water main, BGE lines and stormwater drains in the area were damaged in the collapse.

On Sunday, public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said a cause had not yet been determined. BGE crews had been installing underground duct work along Centre Street at the time.

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