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That giant sinkhole on West Seventh is finally fixed

A sinkhole opens on West 7th, nearly swallowing a Lexus

A sinkhole opened at the intersection of West 7th and Carroll Street, nearly swallowing a Lexus. Donald Sherry with the city’s transportation and public works department said the recent rain is most likely the culprit.
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A sinkhole opened at the intersection of West 7th and Carroll Street, nearly swallowing a Lexus. Donald Sherry with the city’s transportation and public works department said the recent rain is most likely the culprit.

The Texas-size pothole that’s been giving drivers on West Seventh Street headaches for weeks has been fixed just in time for Friday evening rush hour and ahead of the Fort Worth Stock Show.

The intersection of West Seventh and Carroll was scheduled to open around 6 p.m., the city said. Traffic there has been restricted with the right lane of westbound West Seventh Street and the intersection with Carroll closed since a sinkhole formed Jan. 3. The area is between the Velvet Taco and Montgomery Plaza in the busy West 7th district.

The giant hole nearly swallowed a Lexus and appeared to be about 10 feet in diameter and several feet deep. The crater took up two lanes of Carroll Street — both the left turn lane and the center lane.

The large amount of cold rain Fort Worth experienced in the first week of the year was likely to blame, Donald Sherry, a field supervisor for the city’s transportation and public works department, said the day the crater opened. There are also water and sewer pipes in the area.

The city completed work at the intersection just before the Fort Worth Stock Show’s opening weekend, which will bring thousands of visitors to the nearby Will Rogers Memorial Center through Feb. 9.

Steel plates will remain to cover a few areas but traffic should not be impeded, the city said. Those will be removed next week.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or lranker@star-telegram.com.


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