Residents: Little progress on Sunset Park sinkhole

Almost a week after a large hole opened up in a Sunset Park street, residents said workers from the Department of Environmental Protection are just starting to make repairs.  DEP workers arrived at

News 12 Staff

Mar 8, 2016, 4:38 AM

Updated 2,958 days ago

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Residents: Little progress on Sunset Park sinkhole
Almost a week after a large hole opened up in a Sunset Park street, residents said workers from the Department of Environmental Protection are just starting to make repairs. 
DEP workers arrived at the site of the sinkhole at 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues Monday. Up until that point, residents said the DEP had only cordoned off the area with cones and caution tape after the sinkhole opened up on March 1.
Residents complained that they couldn't find parking and that they had to show identification to gain access to the block. One woman expressed concern that the sinkhole would continue to grow, possibly threatening houses on the block. She said similar problems caused two buildings to sink in the area years ago.
The DEP previously said a leak in private-service lines to two buildings essentially led to the road opening up.
News 12 is awaiting comment from the DEP about how long the project will take. A sinkhole that opened up in the neighborhood last summer hasn't been completely fixed.


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