Crews repair sinkhole on Harbor Dr near Lindbergh Field

Sinkhole reported early Tuesday evening

SAN DIEGO - It took crews more than 12 hours to repair a large sinkhole near Lindbergh Field that created traffic headaches.

The break in the 4700 block of North Harbor Drive occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, closing all but one northbound lane.

City officials said a 16-inch cast iron pipe -- about 70 years old -- broke, sending water gushing out and flooding the streets.

Crews shut down a part of North Harbor Drive between Scott Street and Laning Road and detoured traffic onto Nimitz Boulevard.

Verna Burhoe and her husband Bob, were heading towards the hotel from the airport, when they noticed there was a problem.

Burhoe said, "We saw a lot of confusion because we were in a taxi, and it turned off and went around."

Repair work was completed shortly after 11 a.m., according to Public Utilities Department spokesman Arian Collins.

The roadway is expected to fully reopen by 1 p.m.

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