ST. CLOUD, Fla. — A bicyclist was taken to a hospital overnight after falling into a 12-foot-deep hole caused by the collapse of a stormwater pipe in St. Cloud, authorities say.

  • Bicyclist injured after falling into 12-foot-deep hole in sidewalk
  • Man taken to hospital with lacerations to face, St. Cloud official says
  • Old Canoe Creek Road closed between US 192, Neptune Road
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The man was riding on the sidewalk on Old Canoe Creek Road just before 4 a.m. Wednesday when he fell into the hole, a city spokeswoman said. Officials think a 10-foot-wide pipe collapsed sometime after midnight and caused the sidewalk above it to break apart.

The man, whose identity hasn't been released, incurred cuts on his face.

St. Cloud Public Works is trying to identify the cause and has closed off Old Canoe Creek Road between U.S. 192 and Neptune Road indefinitely for repairs. “Thru traffic” will continue to be closed, but on Friday, the road will be opened for shoppers and clients only, in hopes that it will bring some relief. 

The City of St. Cloud said it would take 1-2 months to fix the roads. Part of the repairs include removal and replacement of entire pipe under road, which is approximately 100-LF and includes a new reinforced concrete culvert.

A city spokeswoman said Thursday that the repairs could take one to two months and are estimated to cost about $1.2 million. They include:

  • Removal of damaged pipe and roadway/concrete sidewalks
  • Installation of new headwall along west elevation
  • Installation of new concrete culvert/soil/asphalt roadway
  • Engineering & permitting required to complete above work