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Workers determine depth of Gainesville sinkhole

POSTED: August 7, 2014 12:16 p.m.
/Courtesy Georgia Department of Transportation

Work is underway at a sinkhole in a Gainesville parking lot off John Morrow Parkway.

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Heavy digging has started on a Gainesville sinkhole that workers have determined is 22 feet deep.

The sinkhole is next to Barry’s Better Menswear in the parking lot of the Lakeshore Place shopping center in the northeast corner of Ga. 53 Connector/John Morrow Parkway and Pearl Nix Parkway.

The busy intersection is surrounded by retail establishments, including Lakeshore Mall.

The initial opening was about the size of a basketball, but officials had estimated the sinkhole widens to about 20 feet just below the asphalt and is about 20 feet deep.

As digging gets underway, maintenance engineers “will inspect the area and determine the root cause of the sinkhole and order needed material,” DOT district spokeswoman Teri Pope has said.

“We have placed tentative orders, but need to know the size of the drainage structures because they are custom-made, she said.

Workers discovered the sinkhole Monday morning after it was reported by the property owner.

Until repairs are made, shoppers can only reach stores in the center from John Morrow Parkway.

The goal is to begin installing new drainage structures on Monday.

Overall, the DOT hopes to finish the repairs by Aug. 20, DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith has said.


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