Traversing downtown St. Paul these days isn’t for the faint of heart. If you eschew the auto because of the LRT construction on the roads, the sidewalk sinkholes might get you.
At Wabasha and 6th Streets this morning, the sidewalk got sucked into the earth.
A man was walking on the spot at the time; he’s in the hospital.
So the occasional empty streets of downtown St. Paul are empty again as a few dozen cops and reporters babysit the hole.
The Pioneer Press reports the sinkhole was caused by a broken water main, although there isn’t a drop of water anywhere in sight. Fox9 says the water main break — officials don’t know where it is — is flowing underground to points unknown. And it’s likely weakening sidewalks unknown.
Meanwhile, a truck full of scrap metal flipped over on the ramp from 52 to 94 in St. Paul — the site of constant truck flip-overs.
This clearly isn’t St. Paul’s day.