Middletown, Ohio. March 17th, 2011.

(AP) — A sinkhole 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep poses a hazard for bicyclists in a part of southwest Ohio.

The hole that opened up earlier this week has chomped a big bite out of a bike path in Middletown, halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton.

City Public Works Director Dave Duritsch tells the Middletown Journal that ground saturated from heavy rain sank into openings in a 60-year-old sewer pipe and was flushed away.

He describes the pipe as “beyond its reasonable life span.”

The sinkhole and a section of the bike path have been blocked off with construction barrels. Work is expected to begin immediately to replace the pipe, fix the hole and repair the path.

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