Posted by Real-Time News.
Lehigh Street at Downeyflake Lane had been closed since Tuesday afternoon.
The Allentown street closed because of a sinkhole reopened Wednesday afternoon, city police said.
It was a few minutes before the estimated 3:30 p.m. reopening when police Capt. Bill Reinik said traffic was again flowing on Lehigh Street. The street had been closed since Tuesday afternoon.
Crews had the sinkhole along Lehigh Street at Downeyflake Lane filled by Wednesday morning, but needed to cover the repairs with asphalt and let it cure.
The sinkhole was caused by a break in a 12-inch-diameter water main, according to the Lehigh County Authority. Reinik said crews had to dig up the road to be sure the sinkhole did not run underneath; it didn’t, but that left two areas to patch.
In addition to the traffic problems, the detour led to a scary situation for Reinik and crews directing traffic Tuesday evening. A Northampton County man is accused of driving around the barricades and nearly hitting fire police officers, then speeding up at Reinik before fleeing.