WENATCHEE — A sinkhole that closed a segment of South Wenatchee Avenue four weeks ago still hasn't been resolved, and the closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Chelan County Public Works and the county's Surface and Stormwater Management Utility department are still evaluating how best to address the large sinkhole between Boodry and Beuzer streets, which opened July 2 following June's torrential rainstorms.

The continued shutdown arises from the existing stormwater system beneath the collapsed roadway, which Public Works says has deteriorated beyond repair. The road closure includes the South Wenatchee Avenue bridge over Squilchuck Creek and about 100 feet of roadway.

A replacement stormwater project was already under design when the collapse occurred. The county received a $755,000 grant last year from the state Department of Ecology to tackle the project, but right now, Public Works says it's looking into short-term solutions for the problem.

Meanwhile, the nearby Malaga-Alcoa Highway remains accessible.

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013