Crews complete Shields St. sinkhole sewer repair work

CINCINNATI -- The work required to repair a sewer line under Shields Street wrapped up Thursday.

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati (MSD) rehabbed the entire sewer line with cured in-place lining officials said.

In June, the 100-year-old sewer line collapsed and left a sinkhole in the middle of Shields Street, closing the road for more than a month.

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The sinkhole was about 15 feet long and wide and 20 feet deep in some places, and left crews dealing with a mess of collapsed concrete, raw sewage and broken sewer pipes.

The massive sinkhole swallowed a Metro bus, in which the driver was traveling through University Heights with no passengers. The back of the bus dropped into the hole, but the driver was not hurt and returned back to work the following day.

It took two tow trucks to lift the 26,000-pound bus from both ends and pull the bus out of the hole.

During the repair process, MSD crews also replaced the portion of the pipe that collapsed, removed bypass pumps, dismantled the pipe's shafts and restored the pavement on Shields Street.

Officials said all lanes are now open.


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