City repairs sinkhole caused by culvert collapse

Road workers in Fall River have repaired a sinkhole in Central Street.

The giant hole opened Thursday night when an old storm drain culvert from the mid-1800s apparently eroded and collapsed.

The street is open to traffic again.

Administrator for Community Utilities Terry Sullivan said the old culvert was only used as storm water runoff. No utilities were affected.

Sullivan said a pipe of the same age burst about a year ago in the same area. He said both the pipe and culvert should be fixed when the state finishes its Route 79 project.

Sullivan said much of the city's infrastructure is aged and in needs repair. He said it will cost about $1 billion to fix everything.

Sullivan said he and others are working together to present a master infrastructure plan to the city council.