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HAINES CITY — A sinkhole discovered Monday at Johnson Avenue just west of Powerline Road is under repair

According to Bill Skelton with the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division, an alert motorist noticed the depression occurring and called the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic was soon diverted.

Madrid Engineering, a geotechnical firm contacted by the county, is assessing the damage. Skelton said the hole appears to be the entire width of the roadway with the shoulders, about 24 feet across, and about 40 to 60 feet in length.

The sinkhole will be filled, and once hardened, the county will rebuild the pavement, Skelton said. The world could take up to two weeks.

“In the meantime, motorists are reminded to be attentive to detour signs and to add extra time to trips through this area,” Skelton said.

Traffic is being diverted north of the intersection to alleviate interference with 30th Street school traffic.

“We are fortunate we detected it early,” said Skelton. Sinkholes in Florida usually form when water levels are lower, he added. “Central Florida is no stranger to sinkholes.”

 

Source: https://www.theledger.com/news/20181127/haines-city-sinkhole-causes-traffic-diversion