Construction on Corvette-swallowing sinkhole to begin in November

Workers use a crane to remove a vehicle hoist from on top of a black 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. The '62 Vette was removed from the sinkhole on March 4. Photo credit: STEVE FECHT

Hannah Lutz
Automotive News
October 17, 2014 – 2:55 pm ET

Construction to fill the massive sinkhole that in February swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., is scheduled to begin Nov. 10, the museum said.

National Corvette Museum officials met with construction personnel and engineers Wednesday to manage the plan for fixing the 40-foot-wide, 50- to 60-foot-deep sinkhole and rehabbing the Skydome building, the site of the collapse.

The $3.2 million project will include removing boulders, installing sheet pilings to block cave openings and filling the hole with about 4,000 tons of fist-sized stones.

The museum also will install micropiles spaced 15 to 20 feet apart at an average depth of 141 feet based on the structural engineering design, a museum statement said. This design guarantees that in the event of another sinkhole, the floor would hold. The museum expects construction to be completed by July, the statement said.

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