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Week 2 of road closure after a manhole collapse shut down Howard and Pratt Streets

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 09:12:37-04

BALTIMORE — It's been two weeks since a water main break and manhole collapse shut down some of the busiest roads in Downtown Baltimore.

City crews have been working to repair the sinkhole at Howard and Pratt Streets.

Officials with the Department of Public Works expect crews to start digging to fixing the sewer and water main underneath at the intersection. They're also hoping to re-open a few traffic lanes this morning.

Last week, crews started making repairs to a 36-inch storm drain. The problems here started two weeks ago with a water main break on the morning of July 9.

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That afternoon, transportation workers were doing some electrical work in the area of Howard and Pratt Streets. A fire broke out in a manhole and an underground vault collapsed, injuring two workers, one who had to be rushed to Shock Trauma.

The next night, a handicap ramp for the Light Rail collapsed into the sinkhole.

The problems at Howard and Pratt Streets have interrupted Light Rail service between North Avenue and Camden Yards for the last two weeks.

A bus bridge shuttles light rail passengers between those two stops. MTA bus stops along Howard Street had to be moved a block over to Eutaw Street.