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Sinkholes shut down downtown Baltimore streets, light rail

(File / The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

(File / The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Sinkholes have indefinitely shut down parts of two downtown Baltimore streets and interrupted light rail service.

News outlets report city officials announced Sunday that sinkholes at the intersection of North Howard and West Lexington streets have resulted in the closure of four blocks of the former and two blocks of the latter. The Maryland Transit Administration has suspended light rail service between the North Avenue and Convention Center stations, but is running buses to affected stations.

MTA crews doing track work discovered the sinkholes Saturday, but the cause remains unclear. Department of Public Works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond says the void’s size is also unclear.

The sinkholes do not appear to have affected CSX Transportation’s Howard Street Tunnel below.

Elsewhere in Baltimore, a sinkhole appeared on East 26th Street amid heavy rain last week.

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