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Sinkhole repaired outside of Playhouse

A traffic cone warns motorists of the fixed sinkhole on Hamlet Avenue in Oakland near the drop off point for Point Park shuttles at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Monday afternoon.

Written By Gracey Evans, Sports Photo Editor

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A manhole, which fell in and affected the pickup and dropoff of students to the Pittsburgh Playhouse, was fixed by Monday afternoon.

On Monday morning at 6:43 a.m., students received a message sent on high importance from Jan Pekar, the Director of Transportation and Administrative Services, stating that students would be picked up and dropped off at Craft Place, the ramp to get onto I-376, until Hamlet Avenue would be reopened.

“There was a piece down in the sewer that had had broken,” Nate Riley, a housekeeper at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, said. “A concrete block piece that fits down in it where the top cover fits over top of it broke, and that’s why some of the street fell down around that area.”

The sinkhole was located closer to the Boulevard of the Allies and the Hampton Inn Hotel rather than the Playhouse.

“Whenever something happens [at the Playhouse], they generally alternate from here to there because it’s easy for the kids to see [the shuttle],”  Riley said.

The email sent to students told them to prepare for an all day closure to the road.

According to Riley, the water company had come to fix the sinkhole at around 8 a.m. that morning and shuttles began to once again run on Hamlet Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

At press time, students had not been informed of the reopening of Hamlet Avenue.

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