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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Sinkhole Repairs Under the Upper East Side

Crews work inside Upper East Side sinkhole/Upper East Site
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MANHATTAN – Six days after a sinkhole opened up on a Yorkville street, swallowing asphalt and dirt and leaving a gaping hole in the pavement, repairs are progressing, but are far from over, as seen in exclusive photos taken today by Upper East Site

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A worker measures before a pipe is lowered into the hole/Upper East Site

Inside the 20 foot deep worksite, Upper East Site’s exclusive photos show crews carefully replacing at least five of what appears to be five-foot diameter pipes— each segment of the mammoth concrete tube roughly eight feet long.

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The city’s Department of Environmental Protection tells Upper East Site that crews have expanded the excavation zone and expect work to continue for several more days.

New concrete pipes installed under East 89th street/Upper East Site

So far, DEP says it hasn’t come to any conclusions as to cause of the street collapse last week and is still investigating.

Thick wooden planks now line the hole— carefully widened by construction crews after the initially cave in last Thursday— shoring up support to prevent any of the earth beneath the street from giving way. 

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Massive pipe lowered into sinkhole/Upper East Site

They are an important safety measure with standing water is still visible inside the hole, appearing to be several inches deep as workers climbed down to the very bottom where they would ultimately guide in a hulking section of pipe.

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Two sump pumps the size of small cars sit near the corner of East 89th street and York avenue, their engines roaring through the afternoon rain as they continue to remove water from accumulating inside the sinkhole turned construction site.

Crews prepare pipe for installation
Crews prepare pipe for installation/Upper East Site

Upper East Site previously reported there a has been a 29% drop in complaints of roadway cave-ins year to year, according to the city’s annual Mayor’s Management Report.

East 89th street remains closed to traffic between York and East End Avenues.

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