CityScape digging temporarily weakens Washington Street

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Construction crews for the $900 million CityScape project downtown temporarily weakened Washington Street this weekend.  On Friday, workers were digging a 13-foot trench along Washington Street, between Central Avenue and First Street, said city spokeswoman Sina Matthes.  As they dug, some of the dirt that supports Washington Street tumbled into the ditch.

The street didn’t cave in, but crews closed a lane on Washington this weekend and stabilized the street to make it safe for cars, Matthes said.  By Monday afternoon, the lane was re-opened for traffic. Both Phoenix and CityScape officials downplayed the incident.  It’s a common problem with construction projects, Matthes said.  CityScape spokesman John Bacon called the incident “minor.”  [Note: Click here to read Jahna Berry’s full blog entry.]

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