UPDATE: Work crews are working to fill the hole and lay blacktop over top to serve as a temporary repair. It is anticipated this will be completed by midnight tonight at which point George Street will be reopened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
This repair will stabilize the area so that it will be able to handle all traffic. Permanent repairs will come at a later date.
State and City of New Brunswick officials are working to repair a sinkhole on George Street between Bishop Street and Commercial Avenue that was discovered on Saturday afternoon.
The cause of the sinkhole is believed to be erosion of part of an underground culvert that is at least a century old.
Examination performed on the site has determined that the hole is approximately 8-10 feet wide on the surface and goes down approximately 25-30 feet deep, tapering down in width. It does not pose a threat to nearby homes, however, emergency response and construction officials will continue to closely monitor the site to ensure the safety of all residents in the immediate area.
George Street was immediately closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the sinkhole on Saturday afternoon, and will remain so until the hole is repaired. Detours are in place.
The stretch of George Street in which the sinkhole is located is under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and as such, the NJDOT is handling repairs in tandem with support from the City of New Brunswick.
Further updates regarding the repair process will be posted here as they become available.