UPDATE: Maryland-Illinois intersection reopens after repairs, utility says

The busy downtown intersection of Illinois and Maryland streets reopened Saturday night after repairs were completed sooner than expected, Citizens Energy Group announced.

The intersection was closed Thursday for emergency utility repairs. Citizens announced Friday that the intersection would reopen Monday with lane restrictions, but work progressed faster than anticipated.

“We appreciate the community’s patience as our crews worked around the clock to complete the repair while ensuring public safety and continued utility service to the area,” Citizens Energy Group CEO Jeffrey Harrison said in written remarks. “Completing this work so quickly would not have been possible without the great teamwork among our employees, the Department of Public Works, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Wilhelm Construction and material suppliers.”

The utility said the brick manhole structure under the street, which is more than 100 years old, collapsed. Citizens discovered the collapse during routine sewer cleaning and inspection.

Citizens also was forced to close the busy intersection of Ohio and Pennsylvania streets to repair a century-old sewer line that collapsed 15 feet beneath the surface. Those repairs lasted from July 4 to July 13.

“In light of the recent incidents, Citizens crews are currently conducting rapid inspections of all downtown sewer infrastructure to identify potential issues,” the utility said.

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