Want to know why D.C. commuters are cranky?
If you're stuck in traffic downtown, this is the culprit: crews fixing a sinkhole at 14th and F NW. twitter.com/philliefan_99/…
— Phil Yabut (@philliefan_99) May 21, 2013
DC Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring told the Washington City Paper on Tuesday afternoon that the 15-foot-deep sinkhole at the intersection at 14th and F streets NW was caused when a piece of concrete broke through a sewer line.
"The concrete fell and broke our sewer line, and that compromised all the soil around it," Mooring told the City Paper.
As of about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, streets were still closed. And police did not seem optimistic that traffic would flow freely again soon.
2/3 & PA Ave NW in both directions. F St is BLOCKED btwn 15th &13th St’s. Road Closures will remain in effect for the next 2 days
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 21, 2013
All that time stuck in traffic gave some the opportunity to ponder life's big questions and deepest fears:
Sinkhole in DC. If you fall in does that mean you go to China? Outerspace? Who has the answer? #QuestionOfTheDay
— J Web (@jayweb03) May 21, 2013
Apparently there's a sinkhole at 14th and F streets?!? I'm never going to get home. And my nightmare about sinkholes in DC are coming true..
— Kate (@AppealingKate) May 21, 2013
And here's more visual evidence of D.C.'s paved parts in trouble:
— wusa9 (@wusa9) May 21, 2013
— Devin Burke (@da_burke) May 21, 2013
A smaller sinkhole -- described by some eyewitnesses as "tiny" -- closed a D.C. block in March.
UPDATE, 8:17 a.m.: Streets are still closed through Wednesday morning's commute as sinkhole repairs, shocked and wry sounding tweets about same, continue.
— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) May 22, 2013
This sink hole on 14rh & Fst is huge!!!
— Yasmin (@Kapi_dc) May 22, 2013
Ah, giant sinkhole. Just another day in greater DC.
— Fuzzy Logic (@FuzzyLogicDC) May 22, 2013
Photo: Huge sinkhole in DC near work. Metaphor? (at 14th/F St Sinkhole) tmblr.co/ZF5EqxlZp_YU
— David Clow (@kingofannapolis) May 22, 2013
— Erica McCann (@TheEricaMcCann) May 22, 2013
Live at the sinkhole @ 14th & F NW, a passerby asks what the story is. Duh, it's that giant hole in the ground, dummy...
— Chris Stuard (@HokiePhotog) May 22, 2013
— Josh Hendler (@joshhendler) May 22, 2013
— Jen Wong (@jenwong63) May 22, 2013