GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States & England – Evansville Road Shut Down After Huge Sinkhole Size Increases In Indiana; Sinkholes Still Plague Palmyra, Pennsylvania; Work To Repair Sinkhole Starts In Derry Township, Pennsylvania; And Crawley Dual Carriageway Where Sinkhole Emerged Shut For A Week, UK! [PHOTOS]

April 09, 2014 – UNITED STATES & ENGLAND – The following stories constitutes some of the latest incidents of sinkholes across the United States and England.

Evansville Road Shut Down After Sinkhole Size Increases In Indiana

A sinkhole has a road closed to traffic in Evansville.

It’s at the intersection of Sycamore and MLK. This is the sinkhole we first told you about last week and now it has grown even larger.

The area is closed off to traffic and city crews are now back on scene trying to repair it again.

No word on how long it might take to get that busy intersection back open.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at 14News.com and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app. – 14News.

Sinkholes Still Plague Palmyra, Pennsylvania
A front end loader is used to fix a sinkhole on South Grant Street south of Cherry Street in Palmyra on Monday.
Borough officials believe the new sinkhole may be connected to a hole that opened at a nearby
property in the past few weeks ago. Earl Brightbill — Lebanon Daily News

With April showers and the spring thaw, sinkholes are starting to open again around Palmyra.

On Monday, borough crews worked on filling a new sinkhole that was reported during the weekend in an alley along the 300 block of East Cherry Street between South Harrison and South Grant streets. Crews also were patching a sinkhole about two feet in diameter that reopened on South Grant Street on Friday, according to a borough official.

The latest sinkhole was reported Sunday in an alley next to 320 E. Cherry St., borough manager Roger Powl said. He believes it may be connected to a sinkhole that opened on that property at the rear of the house two or three weeks ago.

“It’s probably the same hole. It’s just getting larger,” he said. “It’s about the diameter of a basketball.”

In October, three large sinkholes opened in the same block of East Cherry Street between the alley and South Grant Street, forcing the evacuation of several families. Residents have been concerned that sinkholes will migrate.

With the recent rain showers, Powl said, it’s not unusual to have sinkholes open in Palmyra. For now, the borough is doing just a temporary fix on the sinkholes.

“We’re doing a temporary fill with clay and millings in order to keep water out,” he said

Last month, the borough hired a Derry Township engineering firm to conduct a geophysical survey in the neighborhood to determine how to fix sinkholes permanently.

Powl said ARM Inc. is expected to finish its study this week. The borough expects to receive the study results within a week to 10 days. Until the study is completed, he said, it doesn’t make sense to do more than a temporary fix.

Meanwhile, work on another sinkhole – this one in Derry Township, not far from Palmyra – was postponed because of rain Monday. Crews are expected to start work Tuesday. PennDOT had planned to start repairs on the sinkhole along Route 422 near East Derry Road.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said maintenance crews noticed a depression in the roadway about a year ago.

“It had been stable until a few weeks ago,” he said.

Fill lies atop a sinkhole on Monday after the hole opened on the property of Tara
Hogarth at 320 E. Cherry St. in Palmyra.  Earl Brightbill — Lebanon Daily News

The pavement dropped a few inches in the past few weeks, which prompted crews to go out and excavate the area and determine the extent of the problem, he said. The depression is along the eastbound lane, but it appears to extend into the westbound lane.

“It’s not much of a problem for cars, but the dip is more apparent with trucks,” he added.
The repair operation is expected to start soon after 7 a.m. and will affect both directions of the morning commute, according to a PennDOT news release. The traffic signal at the intersection will be placed on flash, and flaggers will assist motorists through the work area.

Traffic delays are expected, the release continues. About 15,375 vehicles travel on this portion of Route 422 on a daily basis.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or allow additional time in order to avoid delays. Drivers are also asked to slow down when approaching and driving through the work zone.

PennDOT crews first need to excavate and determine the size of the sinkhole, the release states. Depending on this determination, the repair work may take most of the day to complete. – ID News.

Work To Repair Sinkhole Starts In Derry Township, Pennsylvania

PennDOT road crews have started work to repair a sinkhole along Route 422 at the east end of Derry Township.

PennDOT crews will first excavate and determine the size of the sinkhole. Depending on the size, the repair work may take most of the day to complete, according to a PennDOT news release.

The repair work is affecting both directions of Route 422, and a traffic signal at the intersection of East Derry Road has been placed on flash. Flaggers are assisting drivers through the work area.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or allow additional time in their travel plans in order to avoid delays.

The work was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because of rain. – ABC27.

Crawley Dual Carriageway Where Sinkhole Emerged Shut For A Week, UK
CLOSED: The dual carriageway is set to be shut for more than a week

One side of a dual carriageway in Crawley where a “sink hole” has emerged is expected to be closed for more than a week, it has been revealed this morning (Monday).

It appeared yesterday afternoon (Sunday) on the northbound side of the A23 (London Road) between the Fleming Way roundabout, where Astral Towers is based, and the roundabout for Lowfield Heath, close to Gatwick Airport.

A Thames Water spokeswoman described the hole as a “void” as it had been caused by a pressured pipe leaking, rather than a sinkhole, as they occur naturally.

She added: “Thames Water engineers are investigating a leak on a large pressurised sewer pipe beneath the A23 between Crawley and Gatwick Airport.

“The A23 will be closed northbound between the Fleming Way and Lowfield Heath roundabouts.

“Thames Water is working with West Sussex County Council and emergency services to put diversions in place.

“The closure is expected to last beyond this week while investigations continue.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and will open the road as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Thames Water have previously said that a large sewer pipe under the A23 started leaking, causing the hole.

Engineers working on the leak noticed “subsidence” in the road.

Crawley Borough Council had also said last night that there were concerns that the southern carriageway could start to sag too, but that is open at present. – Crawley News.

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