Stubborn Sink Hole Plagues Queens Neighborhood

Department of Transportation workers were back at it again Monday pouring asphalt into a sink hole on Stockholm Street for the third time in five days and the fourth time this month. Many residents on this landmarked brick paved street have had enough.  

"I don't know who's supervising it but this is not the way to fix a deep hole and it keeps sinking in you know," said one resident.

The city filled the hole on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. But by Monday the asphalt was cracked and sinking.

"The garbage truck came in again and then it, there's a hole again!" said a neighbor.

The problem started in June when a small crack appeared next to the manhole cover where the street meets Woodward Avenue. There is also cracking on the road near the hole.

"It's a dangerous hazard here," said another resident.

Last year a bicyclist was seriously injured when he hit a pothole just steps away from the sinkhole and fell on a fence which went through his neck. After several complaints to 311 many here say it's time for a permanent fix.

"The foundation is no good," said one neighbor. "The foundation has to be fixed and the bricks have to be replaced."

In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said:

"DEP is continuing to investigate and monitor the condition on Stockholm Street. A work crew will soon be using camera equipment to pinpoint the cause of the condition and identify the appropriate fix as soon as possible."

For many residents here that can't happen soon enough.

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