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Small sinkhole closes World's Fair Park Drive in downtown Knoxville

Authorities say the sinkhole is "encroaching" on the Knoxvlle Museum of Art's parking lot.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It could take up to a week to repair a sinkhole on World's Fair Park Drive in downtown Knoxville.

The small but deep hole opened up on Saturday between Clinch and 11th streets.

Credit: Laura Ararat

City officials said the hole was caused by a failed 24-inch pipe under the street. It failed because a storm drain rusted and collapsed. It is not a geological sinkhole, so is not expected to grow in size.

The road will be closed indefinitely due to a sinkhole, which authorities say is encroaching on the Knoxville Museum of Art parking lot. 

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