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