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Crews back at it this week at the Washington Avenue Sinkhole in Kingston, but the winter weather isn’t making repairs any easier. With the impending storm headed this way, Time Warner Cable News Reporter Alexandra Weishaupt has more on how crews are coping.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Temperatures are dropping and so work was halted.
“It is frustrating,” said city engineer Ralph Swenson. “It is setting us back. We need to get this work done.”
The latest weather conditions created some setbacks for crews who were working to plug-up leaks in the sanitary sewer line beneath the 100-year-old tunnel.
Those leaks are said to be the cause of the giant sinkhole that's been blocking this main thoroughfare since April 2012.
Hoping to have this $20,000 portion of repairs completed by the end of the week is no longer an option after the contractor closed up shop. Ice buildup is blocking access to the upstream portion of the tunnel, and frigid temps are creating additional problems for crews.
“It slows down the mobilization and the set up,” said Swenson. “They have to set up a mobilization and warming tent so the guys aren’t standing around in subzero weather and they can maintain a dry area when the guys come out of the tunnel.”
The weather isn’t affecting the final completion date, according to Swenson, who says crews still plan on opening the roads to the public by the end of the year.
“We were finally able to get the contractor on site and they'll be returning in the next couple weeks I expect when the weather clears a little bit,” said Swenson.
Updates on the sinkhole will be given at a special Common Council Finance Committee Meeting next Thursday.