Road in Hartford Closed After 14-Foot Deep Void Found

A road in Hartford will be shut down after workers found a large void underneath it on Thursday, the mayor's office said. 

Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) workers were doing repair work on Homestead Avenue when they discovered a void about 20 feet long and 14 feet deep beneath the road surface along a sewer line. 

Work is expected to start on Monday and should take about 10 days to fix, MDC said.

Mayor Luke Bronin's office said Homestead Avenue will be closed to the general public between its intersection with Albany Avenue and its intersection with Woodland Street to avoid a potential collapse. 

“We are taking this action as a necessary precaution, as we believe there is some risk that the void underneath the road on Homestead Avenue could have caused the road surface to collapse under extreme weight,” said interim Department of Public Works Director Reginald Freeman. “The City and MDC are working closely together to determine the scope of the problem and we will update the public as we learn more.”

Westbound drivers on Homestead Avenue will be redirected either north or south on Woodland Street.

Drivers on Albany Avenue will not be able to turn onto Homestead Avenue at all. Hartford police said this will impact Route 44 at rush hour. 

Residents of Baltimore Street will be able to enter and exit from Albany Avenue since it is a two-way street.

Kent, Adams and Milford streets will remain one-way streets but police will allow residents to use Homestead Avenue to enter or exit their street as needed.

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