ATLANTA -- A small sinkhole is causing a road closure on 5th Street at West Peachtree and Cypress Street.
The sinkhole was relatively small as far as road-eating holes go, but it sits smack in the middle of a center lane in Midtown. Caution tape closed off the intersection, forcing cars to fight for an alternative through the 5th Street area. It also attracted more than a few cell-phone carting Atlantans, eager to capture the latest Atlanta street fiasco.
ROAD CLOSURE: Fifth St b/w West Peachtree and Cypress St due to a sinkhole. pic.twitter.com/nYHiTf5Y2U— Georgia Tech Police (@GaTechPD) April 19, 2017
After a month including an interstate collapse, a toxic spill, a bridge fire, and an underground air "blow out," Atlanta drivers are dismayed. Given the choice of crying or laughing, Atlanta has embraced irony. A new Twitter account popped up called @5thstreetsinkhole. And, it's so awesome. Because, seriously, Atlanta traffic, we just can't handle it anymore.
By Thursday afternoon, a metal plate was sitting over the sinkhole, but the block was still roped off.
A city spokesperson said crews conducted dye tests to determine if a leak caused the hole, but there were no indication of a sewer or water issue. "The road seems to simply caved in".
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