BEATRICE - The Beatrice City Street Department closed Washington Street between 9th and 10th Street this week to repair a sinkhole that opened at that location.

Street Superintendent Jason Moore says a small hole developed in an older brick storm sewer that runs east and west on Washington.  The hole apparently caused a siphoning effect that pulled aggregate from above the sewer line down into the sewer. 

Moore says rainwater in the line then washed away the aggregate.  Moore said the remainder of the line was in decent shape.  The hole was about four feet under the street surface.  Crews filled the hole and poured a concrete collar in place to seal repairs…and planned to replace the street section with asphalt, Friday. 

Meanwhile, part of a city street in southeast Beatrice is closed for some testing.  The Beatrice City Engineering Department and Terracon Consultants say South 13th Street will be closed to through traffic from Beaver Avenue to Oak Street as officials conduct a soil boring project. 

Access to individual properties will be maintained. City officials say local traffic should use caution near a drill rig and workers. The traveling public is urged to use an alternate route.

South 13th Street is expected to re-open to through traffic, on Friday.