Work Begins Friday On Sinkhole Repair At Corvette Museum

Work Begins Friday On Sinkhole Repair At Corvette Museum

CREATED Feb 14, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –  Work will begin Friday on the first phase of repairs at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green after a sinkhole opened up inside the museum, swallowing eight Corvettes.

Mike Murphy of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction said Thursday that the building is repairable, and its foundation and structure are in good condition.

It will take workers two to three weeks to stabilize and secure the building's red spire and wall of the sinkhole before they begin trying to recover the cars.

Once the recovery process begins, it will take four to six days to retrieve the vehicles. Chevrolet will be overseeing the restoration of the damaged Corvettes once they are pulled from the sinkhole.

"The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development. "There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens."  

When the cars are recovered, they will be shipped to the Mechanical Assembly facility, a small specialty shop within GM Design located in Warren, Michigan.

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department. Frassinelli said no one was in the museum at the time.

The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. The rest of the museum was open normal business hours Thursday.  You can visit the museum website by clicking here to check their operating schedule.

Folks at the museum said they expect repairs to the building to be finished in time for the Museum's 20th Anniversary Celebration in August.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)