A portion of Bolton Street was blocked off Thursday as public works crews worked to find the source of a sewer stoppage.
David Brock, utilities director, said the city became aware of the problem when a motorist reported a sinkhole in the roadway.
“(A sinkhole is caused) when water comes in contact with the soil,” Brock said. “Instead of being compacted, water came in contact with an area under the road and the soil loosened and the pavement sank in that area.”
He said the initial problem occurred between the intersection of Woodlawn and Bolton and the interection of Alexander and Bolton at around 6 a.m. The hole was about the size of a manhole ring, Brock said.
“We dug that up and got into it and tried to do some washing and ran into some problems,” he said. “We are still trying to locate the exact location of the (stoppage).”
Brock said the stoppage could be anything from a rag, grease, tree roots or a broken pipe. And while the city has not located the exact problem, it found three manholes paved over by TxDOT in the process of looking.
Brock said TxDOT controlled traffic for the city on Thursday and patched the roadway for night traffic.
“They required whatever we get into, we have to wrap it up so it can be completely open during the evening hours,” he said.
Crews were out today to continue locating the problem.
“In the morning we will come out and determine what lanes we need to get into, and they (TxDOT) will block it off, ensuring there are two lanes of traffic that can move freely,” Brock said.
Brock said, as of Thursday, no problems were reported in residents' homes, but if they do arise, citizens should call city hall at 903-586-3510 or the utilities department at 903-589-3510.
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