4th Street sinkhole filled in Victoria, road should open Tuesday

Published 2:09 pm Monday, October 23, 2023

VICTORIA – The 4th Street sinkhole has been repaired and the entire road will open for traffic on Tuesday. 

Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton said the town’s public works staff have been repairing the problem, which developed on 4th Street between Washington and Main streets on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The street has been closed to through traffic, but left open for residents to get to their homes. Google Maps shows the section of 4th Street is a residential area with about a half dozen homes, just two blocks from downtown.

“The investigation revealed a sewer line collapse around a lateral connection from a residence on that street,” Newton said. “The crews began excavating to make repairs and discovered a deteriorated sewer main.”

Newton said that after the public works crew got to the sewer line, they made the decision to replace it due to the existing pipe’s condition. About 400 feet of 8-inch line has been replaced to stop the leak, so the sink hole could be back-filled to resolve the issue, he explained.

As of Monday afternoon, Newton said all residents on the affected street have been connected to the new sewer main. 

The 4th street sinkhole has been filled, he said. 

“Repaving of the road will occur after some time for settling,” he added. 

The town of Victoria has been working to make upgrades to its aging infrastructure.

In a statement to the K-V Dispatch earlier in March after a series of water leaks developed around the town, officials said the town “is striving towards upgrading water and sewer infrastructure throughout the town, but this will take time.”