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Work to repair broken water main in Center City Philadelphia could take months

Joseph A. Gambardello & Patricia Madej - The Inquirer on July 05, 2018

With the mud along Sansom Street now dried to dirt, crews in hard hats worked Thursday to clean up and repair the mess caused by a 48-inch water main that burst below a Center City intersection two days earlier — a process officials say could take several months.

John DiGiulio, a Philadelphia Water Department spokesperson, said Thursday that the intersection at Sansom and Juniper Streets would remain closed while the work — which will include a wider excavation of the sinkhole that opened up as a result of the break — is done.

"The hole will get bigger," said DiGiulio, who pegged the project as lasting months.

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