PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A water main break causes a 30-foot-wide sink hole in Port St. Lucie causing major travel problems. Crews are currently working to fix the problem.
Update, MON 5:30 PM: A contractor completed water main repairs at the site of a sinkhole that shut down a segment of Port St. Lucie Boulevard near City Hall Monday morning.
The work was finished at about 1 p.m. Monday, and the contractor is in the process of backfilling and compacting the excavation site at Wayne Street.
The sinkhole was created when a contractor accidentally breached an eight-inch water main. It was about 10 feet deep and 30 feet wide and consumed a section of an entire westbound traffic lane on Port St. Lucie Boulevard.
The two outermost eastbound traffic lanes (nearest to the sidewalk) reopened to motorists Monday night. Westbound lanes will remain closed while Florida Department of Transportation conducts a repair of the roadway. One or more of the westbound lanes could be open Tuesday.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department will monitor all lane closures and the side street road blocks until the area is reopened to traffic.
Previously: The intersection of Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Wayne Street remain closed.
According to Port St. Lucie Police, around 2 a.m. Monday, construction crews were working on the road, and they hit a waterline -- thousands of gallons of water was flowing through that line.
They were able to shut it off causing some homes and businesses to lose water temporarily.
Four residential water customers on Port St. Lucie Boulevard east of Wayne Street and 10 commercial customers in the immediate vicinity of the break have been issued precautionary 48-hour boil water notices. The Pace 2000 Model Home Center does not have water service at this time.
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