Courtesy DPW
Courtesy DPW

Another sinkhole popped up in Mt. Vernon last night, this one about a block west of the Washington Monument at the center of the historic neighborhood.

The city’s Department of Public Works introduced the new hole on Cathedral Street via Twitter around 6 p.m. Monday night. It’s about 15-20 feet deep, according to DPW, and has shuttered the road between Madison Street and Mt. Vernon Place.

Sinkhole In Mount Vernon To Impact Commuters #Baltimore #MD #News

— Baltimore News (@BaltimoreMDNow) October 18, 2016

The new Cathedral Street sinkhole’s damage doesn’t seem comparable to that from the April disaster on nearby W. Centre Street, barring any surprises. And luckily, it hasn’t caused any injuries, unlike the one that sprung up about a half-mile away on W. Mulberry Street near Lexington Market in July. In that case, a city inspector fell in and was briefly hospitalized.

Pictures from last night show a gash in the asphalt at the intersection of Cathedral and W. Monument Streets, but by this morning, DPW workers had neatly patched it up with a piece of metal. They’re still trying to identify what created the hole.

Cathedral @ Monument. The hole under the plate is 15-20 ft deep. We’ll investigate cause and plan a fix. Avoid this area on your commute.

— BaltimoreDPW (@BaltimoreDPW) October 18, 2016

The Department of Transportation is asking drivers to avoid the area, which is about a block from both The Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Less than two weeks ago, the city reopened that stretch of W. Centre Street where the street imploded last spring. With this incident occurring only two blocks away in the same neighborhood, DPW’s fight against the sinkholes is increasingly looking like a game of infrastructural whack-a-mole.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...