Update: Sinkhole cause identified

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATED 9/20/2016 4:55p.m.

The sinkhole in Marietta was 12 to 15 inches when it was first reported.

Since Tuesday morning crews have been on scene vacuuming and expanding the hole in order to find the problem area.

The materials to fix the hole should cost right around 500 dollars.

The explanation given by city workers is that the ground had a cavity causing street materials to cave in leaving a hole in the street.

The construction is expected to be finished no later than Friday.

A sinkhole appeared at the intersection of 4th and Putnam Street in Marietta Monday evening.

Crews have worked on this section of road before, but its unclear what caused the bricks to give way.

It looks to be about a foot deep, but it could get even larger. If you have to drive through the area, officials want you to use extra caution and slow down.

Officials want you to avoid the intersection if possible.

WTAP tried to get in touch with the city's street department, but didn't hear back.

There is a sinkhole on 4th and Putnam Street in Marietta.

Authorities say it happened Monday afternoon. They want drivers to avoid the area if at all possible.

We have a reporter headed there to get more information.

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