Crews working on massive sinkhole; unrelated water pipe break had nearby businesses closed

Crews work Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at a sinkhole at Ashe and Harris road in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

UPDATE: The Kern County Public Health Services Department has lifted its boil-water notice for stores affected by a water pipe break at Panama Lane and Ashe Road.

Stores are now cleared to reopen.

Previous coverage is below.


UPDATE: After being closed for a few days after a water pipe broke from nearby construction, WinCo is back open.

The original story, published earlier Monday, is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A big sinkhole at Ashe and Harris roads is unrelated to a water pipe break that has left businesses, including a WinCo and several restaurants, closed at nearby Ashe and Panama Lane.

The sinkhole, about 25 feet deep, opened up a week ago. Crews are still working to fix the sewer pipe that burst.

Traffic detours are in place at the intersection of Ashe and Harris Roads. Public Works officials said the repairs should be finished by the end of the week.

Just to the south, at Ashe and Panama, a water pipe broke Friday during construction of a gas station. This is not related to repairing the sinkhole.

The contractor said the pipe has been fixed, but a spokeswoman with the Kern County Public Health Services Department said the businesses must remain closed until California Water Service confirms there's no contamination in the water.

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