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Sinkhole closes road; repairs should be made by Wednesday afternoon

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

An old sinkhole believed to be caused by an abandoned coal mine shaft has closed a county road to enable repairs to be made.

Greene County Highway Department Superintendent Brent Murray said County Road 1100W ---- between County Roads 100S and 200S in Stockton Township -- was closed on Monday.

Murray said crews had been called to the road, also known as Old Dump Road, within the last year to repair a small hole ---- about the size of a basketball.

Monday morning the crew was called back to the roadway and workers decided to dig and that is when they discovered a larger sinkhole.

"The hole they were fixing was about basketball size and once we got digging into it we saw where someone had been digging down and fixed it before. It was just a nuisance to us and we got tired of fixing it," Murray explained. "There was an old sink hole underneath there. The road didn't actually sink itself, but we couldn't keep the hole from sinking in so we dug it up.

"It's a common problem out here over the last several years. They (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) have fixed several of these in the last 10 to 15 years."

DNR crews were called to the scene on Monday afternoon to evaluate the problem and see what needs to be done to fix it.

Murray said DNR officials determined it was an easy fix and the hole will be filled in and the road should be re-opened to traffic by Wednesday afternoon.

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