Bangor plugging downtown sinkhole

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BANGOR, Maine — A large hole on Hammond Street will affect downtown commuters throughout the day Tuesday, according to officials.

The hole is located across the street from the post office near the old courthouse. Bangor Public Works director Dana Wardwell said the road is expected to be shut down in the area into Tuesday night.

Wardwell said the hole was caused by a collapsed sewer, and that the hole is roughly 8 to 9 feet deep, 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.

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“It’s a brick sewer that was probably installed in the 1800s and it just gave way,” Wardwell said. “It happens.”

The public works director added that “this area will be closed [to traffic] until we get this repaired.”

Wardwell said public works officials will have to excavate the hole and “find a good section of pipe on both sides.”

While Wardwell said local businesses aren’t expected to be affected, public works officials and Bangor police are urging commuters to avoid the area.

Traffic in the area of the hole is being diverted onto Court Street.

“Businesses will all be open here, so we’ll get people to the businesses,” Wardwell said.

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