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No easy fix for sinkhole, city says

Repairs have yet to be completed to the large sink-hole at the intersection of Lorne Avenue and First Street. Southbound lanes on First Street are currently reduced to a single lane to avoid the large crater.

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Repairs have yet to be completed to the large sink-hole at the intersection of Lorne Avenue and First Street. Southbound lanes on First Street are currently reduced to a single lane to avoid the large crater.

The City of Brandon hopes to establish a firm timeline for repairing the First Street sinkhole by the end of this month.

City manager Scott Hildebrand said it’s not an "easy fix."

"It’s not just a hole in the ground, it actually was bigger than that," he said. "And as the water main broke sometime prior to that, it started to erode the soil underneath the asphalt going both north and south."

The sinkhole appeared at First Street and Lorne Avenue on March 21. The hole in a southbound lane was at least eight feet deep and 20 feet wide, and crews had to dig up the width of much of the street.

"It’s been filled, but what’s going to need to happen now is we’re going to have to peel away more of the asphalt to expose more of that area to ensure that it’s packed properly," Hildebrand said. "We’re going to have to excavate again, refill it, compact it and then of course lay asphalt."

On Tuesday, signage was adjusted on First Street to warn motorists sooner that it changes to one lane.

Hildebrand said they will need a significant amount of asphalt for the project.

"We hope to have more of a firm timeline once we know the (asphalt) plant is open and once we know the river is well under control, because it is all the same operations team that deals with all this," Hildebrand said.

"We are making this absolutely a priority and it’s just going to take some time to get it done."

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 7, 2014

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City manager Scott Hildebrand said it’s not an "easy fix."

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