That Hole In The Asphalt Could Be A Much Bigger Problem

CHICAGO (CBS) —  You see them all the time when you’re driving: holes in the street that look pretty harmless.

But it turns out, hundreds of holes in Chicago are hiding a dangerous secret.

They could easily become sinkholes and cause a lot of damage.

CBS 2’s Pamela Jones talks with some residents who want the problem fixed.

A couple of spots near 73rd and Loomis were on the edge of becoming giant sinkholes, neighbors say.

“Anybody can walk out there. A car can roll by, a truck, and boom —  everything’s in the hole,” Romona Burwell says.

Residents have been complaining just a thin layer of asphalt has been keeping cars from sinking. But CBS 2 measured one hole, and it was more than 3 feet deep.

Burwell says she’s been complaining about the holes for months.

The city’s Water Department commissioner says the bigger the hole, the longer it takes to fix.

“It could take a couple of weeks to make a repair like this,” Commissioner Thomas Powers says.

He says the city is actually working on 200 areas where old sewer lines laid in sand leak and wash the street away from underneath.

“As the material flows through the sewer, it tends to leach out around through these leaks,” he says.

There is still some 1,500 miles of sewer in Chicago that’s more than 100 years old. The city says a more permanent fix means replacing that old line.

The commissioner says if you see a hole in the street, call 3-1-1 and report it as a sinkhole or cave-in.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, politicians and all put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!

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