Construction project blamed for sinkhole that closed county road
A construction project is causing headaches for people in southern Franklin County.
The Franklin County Engineers Office closed Lockbourne Road south of the Village of Lockbourne because of a sinkhole. The impacted area is near the Franklin and Pickaway County Line.
According to officials for the Engineers Office, the road is maintained by the county and was closed for safety reasons.
County officials said the City of Columbus is responsible for construction on a sanitary sewer project near the sinkhole. An official from the Columbus Department of Public Utilities said while tunneling, the crew hit a void resulting in the sinkhole.
Lisa Shirkey and her husband live near the sinkhole and now have to plan on a detour around the closed road.
"It will take me now 20 minutes probably to go all the way around up 23. I have to actually pass out of Franklin into Pickaway County,” said Shirkey.
Franklin County officials said city officials will investigate the soil in the area of the collapse. They say the road will stay closed indefinitely.
City officials said Columbus, Franklin and Pickaway County and ODOT will work on getting the road fixed.