AUSTIN (KXAN) - Repair crews remain at the site of a sinkhole Monday eveningcaused by a wastewater pipe break last week, which has had a partof Dessau Road shut down for three days.
The 12000block of Dessau Road has been closed since Friday morning, whena 12-inch wastewater line ruptured and caused damage to theroadway.
Austin Water Utility spokesman Kevin Buchman said the roadfailed around 10 a.m. Friday due to a failing wastewater line thatwas installed in the mid-80s.
The southbound lanes of Dessau Road have been closed sinceFriday, but they will be reopened anytime between 8 p.m. and 10p.m. Monday.
Instead, the closure will now affect the northbound lanes of the12000 block of Dessau Road as crews work to find a suitable part ofthe pipe to slice into.
Meanwhile, traffic on Dessau Road will be reduced to one lane ineach direction near the site of the repair, only using thesouthbound lanes.
AWU officials encourage motorists to avoid the area untilrepairs are complete and the road is reopened, which is anticipatedfor Wednesday.
Officials said the wastewater that normally flows through thedamaged line is being diverted through other pumpingoperations.
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