City Crews Fill a Hole Ten Feet Deep on “A” Street

City Crews Fill a Hole Ten Feet Deep on “A” Street
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Joplin’s “A” street gets a needed fix after what looks like a sinkhole appeared.

Joplin city crews spread the final layer of fill to patch a hole that they say was about ten feet deep and two to three feet around. It’s located between Connor and Jackson streets next to Unity Church.

Large rock went in first and then the temporary patch put on top. Pastors joked Unity church might be sitting on “holey” ground. City officials says it’s not clear if it’s a sinkhole, mine shaft or a simple surface depression.

Public works director Nick Heatherly says, “This whole area is dotted with mine shafts and things so it very well could be. But this specific one here, we don’t know that right now. We haven’t done that level of investigation. Our job right now with public safety is get out here, right now make sure the street is operable and open to the public.”

Travis Heckmaster, a youth and family director at Unity Church says, “Everybody knows this area’s been mined but it does kind of surprise me though. I worry about our structure and how bad it is under. ”

Public works officials will monitor the site for several weeks. Adding a permanent patch then.