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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:25 p.m.

Water authority to continue nighttime construction on 22nd Street

A four-by-five foot hole that appeared April 24 on 22nd Street forced District officials to redirect traffic. Hatchet File Photo

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will resume late-night construction on 22nd Street Wednesday, after the University expressed “displeasure” following student complaints.

The water authority drilled Tuesday from about 11:30 p.m. until 1:45 a.m. on the block between H and I streets to fix a leaking underground water main that prompted a sinkhole last week, according to a release from the Office of the Dean of Students.

“The concerns have been passed on and we’re told the work will be complete within a day or so,” University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said.

Inspector John Crowder, who is leading construction at the site, said work will begin at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and end at about 3 or 4 a.m., but noisy work will finish by 10 p.m.

He said Wednesday would likely be the last night of construction, as workers pinpointed the leak Tuesday night.

“We understand it’s an incovenience, but it is a matter of public health,” Crowder said. “We know what we have to do to remedy the problem.”

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