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Business owners, firefighters concerned after hole discovered on busy Charleston intersection

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston's Gary Odachoswki called it downright "frightening."

The Wentworth Street businessman shares an art gallery space with his wife, across the street from a $30 million dollar hotel construction project.

Late Thursday, Odachowski was among others frustrated with their newest neighbor:  a near 3-foot hole in the pavement on the corner of Meeting and Wentworth Streets.

"It caused quite a bit of problems not only for visitors for this city, but locals trying to get around, and you wonder what's going to happen next," said Odachowski.

Spokespersons from The City of Charleston and The Department of Transportation both reported complications from SCE&G electrical work at the hotel site as the cause for the hole.

SCE&G spokeswoman Kim Asbill confirmed work on the hotel project, but said company crews would first inspect the hole before determining what cause it.

DOT officials placed a steel plate over the hole Thursday night, but not before alarming at least one fireman from Charleston Fire Department Central Station.

He said at least one truck drove over the hole, but did not sustain any damage.

By Friday morning, traffic along the busy intersection was flowing as usual. 

DOT crews aren't expected to repair the hole until SCE&G has completed it's electrical work.

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