Sinkhole forces traffic down to one lane on Cherry St

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 19:41:10-05
TULSA - The city is explaining how a large sinkhole ended up on one of the eastbound lanes of Cherry Street Thursday night. 
According to Eric Murdock with the City of Tulsa's Sewer Department, the issue started with an abandoned service line. 
He said a business abandoned the line decades ago and didn't notify the city. 
The line cracked and over years of wear and tear the street eventually gave in. 
Tulsa Police and the City of Tulsa were it when it first appeared Thursday on a portion of one of the high-traffic areas of midtown on Thursday night.
Cones were put up around the hole at the intersection of 15th and Peoria where it was forming on Cherry Street near the Palace Cafe.
The city says the business that owned the line wasn't around when the city created a system requiring businesses to notify them when they shut down service lines.
2 Works for You talked with an employee in the area and she was concerned.
"It really scares me because it just seems to be getting larger and larger," she said. "I hope they can get it under control."
The police and City of Tulsa officials said they would continue to monitor the situation to make sure it was under control.

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