Water Leak Causes 10 Foot Sinkhole Near Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Several parking spots along San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will be inaccessible for the next few weeks because of a water leak that caused a sinkhole about 10 feet in diameter on the north side of Lincoln Way, a public utilities spokeswoman said.

The leak, which occurred near Funston Avenue and Lincoln Way, probably started on Tuesday, but the city’s dispatch center was not informed of it until about noon Wednesday, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman Suzanne Gautier said.

The leak damaged the parking lane on Lincoln Way near the intersection as well as the curb and a nearby light pole, she said.

Crews will probably need a few weeks to repair the damage, and the parking lane on the westbound side of Lincoln Way will be blocked off during that time, Gautier said.

One lane of eastbound traffic was also blocked off for a couple of hours Wednesday while crews investigated the leak.

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