HUDSON FALLS — A large sinkhole opened up Tuesday night, closing a stretch of Burgoyne Avenue indefinitely.
The hole in the road is near where the Glens Falls Feeder Canal crosses the road, so the bike path along the canal in the area has been closed as well.
Burgoyne, also known as county Route 37, is closed between Pine and Pearl streets, and Pine Street nearby is also closed, according to the Washington County Department of Public Safety.
Brent Howard, director of construction management for the New York State Canal Corp., said Wednesday afternoon the hole is about 12 feet in diameter and 5 or 6 feet deep. Part of the road could be seen buckling around the hole.
The spot is where two culverts, about 42 inches in diameter, run under the road. They are maintained by New York State Canal Corp.
A contractor was called to the site Wednesday and Howard said workers will dig out the area further to see what the problem is.
In the meantime, the Canal Corp. has shut off water to the area so workers can get down into the culverts. With all the rain lately, enough water is present in the rest of the canal for boating navigation to continue, Howard said.
“We’re going to expedite the repairs as much as we can,” Howard said.
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Several county officials were on site Wednesday afternoon, including Deb Donohue, public works superintendent. She said they’re exploring the possibility of county staff working around the clock to get the road back open.
“We know that this is a very important route,” she said.
Howard said excavation was expected to start Wednesday, but officials did not have a timeline for when the road would be back open.
Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Henke said he had heard a driver came upon the hole Tuesday night and had swerved around it.
“It’s lucky someone didn’t drive in it,” he added.
The Canal Corp. said in a statement that there were no injuries and there is no threat to nearby homes.
Cassie Fedler, supervisor of Cambridge and chairwoman of the public works committee for the county, said she was impressed with how fast staff mobilized to the scene.
The same area of the road experienced a sinkhole before, sometime in 1991 or 1992, canal and county staff said.