KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A sinkhole that first opened two years ago on a Hudson Valley street is proving to be a money pit for a local municipality.
City officials in Kingston learned from a contractor earlier this week that it will cost more than $2 million to stabilize the storm water tunnel underneath the sinkhole on Washington Avenue. That's about $2 million more than was originally estimated to fix the problem that first developed in the spring of 2011.
In all, the city expects to spend $6 million fixing the sinkhole, which has kept the road closed for two years.
The sinkhole is blamed on a leaky tunnel that was constructed for New York City's water system about 100 years ago. Some homeowners near the sinkhole have reported cracks in windows and walls.