Massive sinkhole poses serious dangers on Detroit’s east side

Sinkhole at Alexandrine and Grandy. Photos by Steve Neavling.
Sinkhole at Alexandrine and Grandy. Photos by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Updates below.

A massive, exposed sinkhole is posing a serious danger to motorists, bikers and pedestrians on Detroit’s east side.

hole alexandrine grandy_3116The hole is about 6-feet deep and includes a tunnel that runs beneath the ground at Grandy and Alexandrine. It’s unclear when the hole emerged or what caused it.

There are no orange cones or yellow tape to warn people about the hole.

hole alexandrine grandy_3113Motor City Muckraker notified the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) of the hole this afternoon. DWSD spokesman Bryan Peckinpaugh said the city will investigate the cause and cordon off the area so no one is injured.

“We will make sure the hole is secured ASAP for the safety of residents,” Peckinpaugh said.

Update at 7:30 p.m.:

A city crew cordoned off the hole within hours of the story being published.

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Update: 9:30 p.m.

DWSD said the hole was the site of a water main break on April 4.

“As your photos indicate, the dirt has sucken since the backfill was done,” Peckinpaugh said. “We have have a crew securing the area this evening. DWSD will investigate the water main Wednesday morning to ensure it’s okay and restore the area once complete.”

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.