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Storm sewer repair completed in Hartford after hole forms on Asylum Avenue

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A storm sewer was dug up for repairs on Asylum Avenue. (Hartford police photo) A storm sewer was dug up for repairs on Asylum Avenue. (Hartford police photo)
Traffic was reduced to one lane on Asylum Avenue. (Hartford police photo) Traffic was reduced to one lane on Asylum Avenue. (Hartford police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Asylum Avenue in Hartford reopened on Friday after crews performed emergency roadwork to fix a sinkhole.

Police said a depression formed, so crews on Thursday dug it up at 1100 Asylum Avenue near St. Francis Hospital.

"There's the Hawk River down there and that river does swell up and flood,” Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. “And that's what we believe led to the sinkhole."

Crews from Metropolitan District Commission and Eversource worked all Friday to fix the storm sewer. MDC officials said the storm sewer repair was complete and all crews were off the road as of 8 p.m.  

The emergency roadwork caused traffic issues for morning commuters.

"It's kind of a bummer early in the morning,” commuter Jeff Wilkins said. “But it's all good, it's Friday morning so I can't complain too much." 

Around 7 a.m., there was one lane of traffic open on the eastbound side of the road. Police said they worked to widen construction lanes for rush hour traffic and only inbound traffic was allowed on the road on Friday morning. 

MDC officials said "there has been no interruption of sewer service to anyone." 

While most people said they were unhappy about the inconvenience on the last day of the work week, they're trying to take it all in stride.

"Always on a Friday. Most traffic is on a Friday so people just have to be patient,” Hartford resident Derik Rodriguez said.

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