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Sinkhole disrupts traffic on Front St. and Broadway

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 5:45pm

A massive sinkhole blocked traffic on Front and Broadway in Tyler Tuesday, trapping a car.

Now, businesses around the intersection are worried it can get worse.

"I think it's time for us to be concerned about it," said  asst. manager at Covington Credit Jessie Bonner.

What started as a 2 foot wide pothole, quickly turned into a possibly dangerous sinkhole. "

"I drove over that this morning, its just scary. People need to be careful because you never know what can happen," said  Abigail Medina.

The sinkhole caused problems for drivers on Tuesday afternoon.

Medina and Bonner work at "Covington Credit" on Broadway, not far from the intersection.

"We're here on the corner so it's Front and Broadway. We got no choice where we are and it's even scarier if it does get bigger what happens to the buildings here what if they start sinking," said Bonner.

Medina and Bonner say traffic was backed up past Houston St.

Nate Lambert who works right on the intersection says the sinkhole can potentially hurt business.

"A lot of our advertising comes from being in such a good area, in town people knowing where we're at so people getting to us is a concern," said Lambert.  

Larry Krantz with the Texas Department of Transportation says that this sinkhole is nothing compared to some in the past.

Krantz says people should not be worried.

"When people hear the word sinkhole they think of what happened on FM 724 and it's visible from the air and it swallows cars and houses and stuff like it was happening in Florida, that's not what we have here, this is a drain structure or some kind of pipeline structure that is no longer in use," said Krantz.

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