Sinkhole mystery solved

Leaky stormwater pipe discovered; traffic lanes reduced during repair work

MARSHALL — Traffic lanes on part of East College Drive were blocked off Monday as crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation worked to investigate and repair a sinkhole.

While the work impacted traffic in Marshall, the sinkhole did not pose a risk to nearby property, a MnDOT spokesperson said.

Repairs on the sinkhole are expected to be complete by the end of the day Wednesday, MnDOT said.

The sinkhole was reported in one of the eastbound lanes on East College Drive/Minnesota Highway 19, west of the intersection of East College Drive and Mustang Trail. On Monday morning, MnDOT announced that eastbound traffic on College Drive would be reduced to one lane between Sunrise Lane and Mustang Trail. Westbound traffic would also not be able to use the center turn lane in that area.

Sandra Schlagel, public affairs coordinator for MnDOT District 8, said workers found a void about two feet deep and two feet wide. The void was caused by a stormwater pipe that had a hole in it, she said. Workers wrapped the pipe, and would be repairing the hole in the roadway, she said.

Schlagel said the sinkhole didn’t threaten any surrounding property, and repair work would likely be completed today or Wednesday.

Work on the sinkhole Monday was blocking one of the driveway exits at Lockwood Motors. However, owner Chet Lockwood said the road work did not have much of an impact on business operations.


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