The story behind Robbinsdale's great big sinkhole

  • Article by: Ben Johnson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 4:54 PM

A break in neighboring cities’ water main created a 20-foot hole and closed the city’s busiest intersection for three weeks.

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vegasgalJul. 23, 13 4:41 PM

They did a great job on getting this street repaired which was a vital roadway for many of us in Minneapolis as well as Robbinsdale.

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davehougJul. 23, 13 5:16 PM

Count on more failed infrastructure......you get what you DON'T pay for too.

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rusty0101Jul. 23, 13 8:32 PM

It certainly would be nice if they would add the next layer of pavement to bring the patch up to the level of the existing roadway, AND PAINT THE LANES WITH THE TURN MARKERS SO THAT PEOPLE DON'T KEEP USING THE RIGHT TURN LANE TO GO STRAIGHT AHEAD! Not that I don't expect someone will not drive them into the gas station across the street for not paying attention to the signage.

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sooofedupJul. 24, 13 8:56 AM

?? The headline reads: "A break in NEIGHBORING CITIES’ water main created a 20-foot hole and closed the city’s busiest intersection for three weeks." Yet the article says: "On the morning of June 22, the bottom of a 36-inch water main in the heart of ROBBINSDALE burst, peeling back several feet of concrete-coated steel pipe like a can of sardines. So, which is it?

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ch1979Jul. 24, 13 9:10 AM

Damn those government workers being on the spot to fix things that we don't want to pay to upgrade. Lets eliminate their pensions!

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Ben JohnsonJul. 24, 1310:15 AM

"The burst water main is owned by the Joint Water Commission, a coalition of three cities — Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope — that buy their water from Minneapolis." The water main is owned by those cities, but runs through Robbinsdale.

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