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Construction crew finally set to begin repairing massive sinkhole in Maryland

After snarling traffic in Frederick, Maryland, for over a month, a massive sinkhole is finally scheduled to be repaired beginning June 27.

The sinkhole, which was first reported on May 9 after heavy rains flooded the area, measured about 60 feet wide and anywhere from 15 to 25 feet deep when it first appeared in early May, and had soon stretched across Monocacy Boulevard, a main thoroughfare. The sinkhole caused hundreds of households to lose access to water temporarily as crews worked to stabilize the sinkhole.

Officials believe the sinkhole began with a broken water line and grew larger due to excessive rainfall and storm runoff.

Since the sinkhole appeared, traffic in the area has been heavier than usual, as the street was forced to be closed in both directions just near a major highway entrance and exit ramp onto I-70. In the weeks following, city officials worked to secure a contract with a construction company and met with technical engineers to assess the scope and cost of the project.

The contract was awarded last week to Pleasants Construction, which, according to a pre-construction meeting held earlier this week with the Frederick Department of Public Works, estimates the project will cost anywhere between $700,000 and $1 million.

The area is prone to sinkholes as the earth is rich in limestone, and in recent years a string of sinkholes have appeared and reappeared in the immediate vicinity of the current hole.

Construction along Monocacy Boulevard continues even as sinkholes remain a persistent issue. Pleasants estimates the work will take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to complete, but could go longer depending on weather and any additional repairs that may come up during construction.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FOX5DC.COM

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