3-foot-wide sinkhole opens up on Seattle street; SDOT says it's due to sewer issue

SEATTLE -- A sinkhole opened up Thursday morning on a street in the city's Queen Anne neighborhood, Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Norm Mah said.

The sinkhole was noticed Thursday morning on 5th Avenue near the intersection of W. Comstock Street. The hole is about 3-feet wide.

Mah said crews have determined the cause of the sinkhole was a sewer connector that "had an issue."

5th Avenue was initially closed between W. Comstock Street and West Highland Drive.

Mah said Seattle Public Utilities will be working on making the repairs Friday. In the meantime, he said, crews will put a steel plate over the hole.