Shifting soil caused downtown sinkhole

June 28, 2013 

— Boise City Public Works crews plan to be finished repairing a small sinkhole in downtown Boise by 2:30 p.m.

The workers are digging out the hole now, located at 1st Street and Bannock Street in Boise underneath the St. Luke's parking garage.

The sinkhole is about 1 1/2 feet across, and is located next to a geothermal manhole, a public works official said. However, no steam or geothermal water have been discovered in the sinkhole.

The hole formed when soil underneath shifted into a pocket of open space in the manhole.

Officials are pointing to recent heavy rains or road vibrations as a possible culprits for the cave-in.

The hole was reported at 5:53 a.m. Friday morning. Barricades are set up around the hole as crews work.

No wrecks related to the sinkhole have been reported by the Ada County Highway District.

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