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Intersections Near White House to Stay Closed Through Weekend for ‘Mystery’ Sinkhole Repairs

The sinkhole opened in the intersection of 17th and D Streets NW

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A busy D.C. road will remain closed for a few more days as crews repair a large sinkhole that opened one block away from the White House.

The sinkhole developed in the middle of the intersection of 17th Street NW and D Street NW during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, near the White House Ellipse.

Police were forced to close 17th Street NW in both directions between C Street and E Street NW.

DC Water said on Wednesday crews have closed 17th Street between C and E streets and the repairs will likely take until next week to be finished.

"While the cause of the sinkhole on 17th NW remains a mystery, our team is working w/ @PepcoConnect to make repairs. Intersections of 17th and C,D, and E Streets are closed. EST restoration is next week. Pls use alternative routes. ⚠️ #DCTraffic," read the tweet.

Drivers can use 18th Street, 15th Street, K Street, Virginia Avenue, and Constitution Avenue as alternatives during the closure.

Photos show the sinkhole was much larger than an orange traffic cone sitting inside. 

Last May, a sinkhole opened up on the North Lawn of the White House. National Parks Spokesperson Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles previously said that sinkholes are common in the D.C. area after heavy rain.

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