[UPDATE] Sink Hole Repairs to Begin Soon

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

[UPDATE] 4/1/11 at 9:10 p.m. --

The hole discovered on Snake Nation Road in November continues to block traffic for residents.

Lowndes County officials say their plan is to purchase five acres of private property for $40,000 to re-route the road.

While some area residents are frustrated, others say officials are doing the best they can to fix the sink hole.

"They've done the best they could," said John Stalvey, who's lived on the road for about 30 years. He added, "And I think the solution they've come up with probably, I feel like, is the only sensible solution."

Lowndes County says repairs will begin this summer and are expected to be complete by November.

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Engineers will begin mapping the size of the cavern Tuesday to determine how to fix the now 100-foot deep hole.

It was discovered a little over a week ago after a citizen called it in .

Engineers estimate it will take two days to complete this phase, which is needed before deciding whether to fill the hole, re-align the road or close it off completely.

Officials say it's not a hazard to surrounding residents, just a traffic inconvenience to motorists.


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