ELLSWORTH — Traffic is especially slow this afternoon in Ellsworth, especially as motorists approach or try to navigate downtown as the state is working again on a sinkhole at Water Street and Main Street.
Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Latti said a section of steel stormwater pipe rusted, which caused the sinkhole.
“The hole settled a little bit with the rain that came last night,” Latti said Monday.
Crews are working on the sinkhole and should be finished with a temporary repair today, Latti said.
Latti said the permanent repair will entail the DOT replacing the rusted steel.
“In order to do that, it’s going to require some major excavation, so the plan is to keep an eye on the area for settling and then after Labor Day, once traffic subsides, do a more permanent repair,” Latti said. “No firm date has been set yet.”