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Lane-Wide Sinkhole Opens Up on Rancho Penasquitos Road


A sinkhole spanning an entire lane of a Rancho Penasquitos roadway and estimated to be much deeper has opened up outside an elementary school.

The sinkhole was approximately 20 feet across but much deeper beneath the ground, a member of San Diego’s wastewater division said. 

Crews had blocked off one direction of Park Village Road in front of Park Village Elementary School at about 10:30 a.m. due to the gaping hole.

The City of San Diego will request an emergency contract for repair, allowing immediate funding for a non-city contractor to repair the sinkhole, said Anthony Santacroce, a spokesperson for the city.

A collapse in the underlying 48-inch corrugated metal storm drain caused the sinkhole, Santacroce told NBC 7.

The storm drain runs parallel to the center medium and was installed in the late 1980s.

Crews are on scene to determine if the entire street on Park Village Road needs to be blocked off. If it is fully closed, it may cause problems for residents in the neighborhood of nearly 1,000 homes who can only get in and out from that roadway.

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Poway Unified School District officials informed parents the sinkhole would affect after-school pick-up. The following letter was sent on Tuesday afternoon:

“We are sending this message to inform you about a large sink hole located on the westbound lanes of Park Village Road between Darkwood and the ESS driveway. As a result, these lanes are now closed to inbound traffic.

“Please be advised that this will limit curbside availability where vehicles typically wait in line to enter our main lot for afternoon pick up,” a portion of the letter read.

The school asked parents to consider carpooling or parking off site and walking to campus to pick up students, despite the rain.

No other information was available.

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Photo Credit: NBC 7
Source: NBC San Diego

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