A sinkhole near the Miami Marlins home field got fixed in time for Thursday’s game

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A sinkhole opened Wednesday night in northern Little Havana at Northwest Seventh Street and 12th Court and kept a block of Northwest Seventh Street closed until about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

That block, from Northwest 12th Avenue to Northwest 13th Avenue, is on the main route for baseball fans coming from north and east to loanDepot Park. First pitch for Thursday’s Washington Nationals-Miami Marlins game is scheduled for 7:10 at the stadium formerly known as Marlins Park, the southeast corner of which is a block and a half from the sinkhole.

Luis Espinoza of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works said via email the hole happened when “the wall of the existing drainage system, which is comprised of a slab-covered trench, was compromised, causing material to migrate into the trench.”

As for whether or not this could be a problem in that area or elsewhere, he said, “There are slab-covered trenches throughout the county and there are no records of a similar issue in recent history. Consequently, this should be an isolated incident.”

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