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Sinkhole Issue: City Council votes to quickly bid out repairs

(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY NELSON MORAIS

An eight- to nine-foot deep sinkhole has opened up on the property line
between McDonald's and KFC, off Cosby Highway. The Newport City
Council voted on Tuesday, July 9, to quickly seek bids to repair an
underground storm water pipe in that location that has deteriorated
and collapsed.
Published: 9:02 AM, 07/11/2013 Last updated: 9:03 AM, 07/11/2013
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Erosion and a collapsed galvanized pipe that collects storm water along Cosby Highway has opened up a sinkhole that city officials are rushing to fix before it grows much more, said Interim City Administrator James Finchum on Wednesday, July 10.

An eight- to nine-foot deep sinkhole is evident to anyone who looks at the KFC/McDonald's property line close to Cosby Highway. Three barricades surround it.

Finchum said the galvanized pipe, which runs about 230 feet to the west and underneath the KFC property to the back of the property has collapsed, and must be dug out and replaced.

The sinkhole first opened up two weeks ago, on Friday, June 28, according to Ben Hicks of the Newport Street Department. He said it's the first time a sinkhole has shown up in that location. Sinkholes have shown up in several other areas of the city in previous years, he noted.

Finchum told aldermen present at the Tuesday, July 9, meeting of the Newport City Council that the bottom part of the galvanized pipe "rusted out" along the bottom side of it. He said yearly salting of the surface of Cosby Highway in the winter may have lead to the deterioration of the galvanized storm water pipe in that location.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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