Leetonia officials seal Pine Street sinkhole

By D.A. Wilkinson



Officials believe they have fixed the problem of the sinkhole that appeared in Pine Street a week ago.

Gary E. Phillips, the village administrator, said Thursday afternoon he expected that the problem should be fixed by this morning.

The hole appeared March 24 and grew.

There was no sign of water or anything else that could have moved the dirt.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hired a company to make tests in the area, and the tests didn’t show anything unusual.

Earlier this week, Phillips estimated that the hole measured 15 feet long by 20 feet wide. The depth wasn’t clear because dangling pieces of pavement hung over the hole, making an accurate measurement impossible.

Evans Brothers Excavating of New Waterford dug a larger pit to try to determine the cause of the original hole.

The company also erected a steel box that was lowered into the hole to protect the workers in case the hole collapsed.

But nothing that might explain the situation was found, Phillps said.

Phillips said that a small piece of wastewater drainpipe at the bottom of the hole was broken. It was fixed before the hole was filled.

The administrator said he had ordered 20 tons of fill to seal the pit.

After the hole is filled and settles, Phillips said, the village will blacktop the street.

“I’ll be glad to get it done,” Phillips said.

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