A sinkhole that formed on private property earlier this week in Frederick has forced the city to close the surrounding street.
According to a news release from Patti Mullins, the city’s public information coordinator, Hamilton Avenue, which runs between East South Street and East Patrick Street near the Frederick Fairgrounds, is closed indefinitely to through traffic as of Friday afternoon. Residents can access their homes via either East South Street or East Patrick Street, whichever is closer to where they live.
City Public Works Director Zack Kershner said in an email on Thursday that crews were called out on Wednesday to the private property at 25 Hamilton Ave. for a sinkhole that had formed under the vacant house. He said the house has “Keep Out” signs posted and is taped off. At the time, the sinkhole was only on the property and was not affecting the road, but crews had blocked off the sidewalk in front as a precaution.
Mullins sent an update from Kershner via email on Friday explaining that crews responded to the house after the sinkhole spread to the road. Besides closing the street, officials have turned off utilities to the area, notified the adjacent property owners, and put up a safety perimeter. Officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment, Frederick County Public Schools, and the Division of Fire and Rescue Services were also made aware of the situation.
Crews will monitor the sinkhole through the weekend for any changes and will determine repair options after further investigation, according to the email.