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Crews Begin Work To Fill Sinkhole On APSU Football Field

Crews Begin Work To Fill Sinkhole On APSU Football Field

CREATED May 22, 2014
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Crews have begun backfilling the sinkhole on Austin Peay State University’s football field, and officials said it will not delay the renovations.

Workers found stable soil, and began working to fill the 40-foot deep sinkhole with rock and concrete on Wednesday. Crews were expected to have the sinkhole repaired by early next week.

The sinkhole was first discovered in March by construction crews working on renovations for Governors Stadium. It was only a few feet across at first, but crews found unstable soil conditions once they began work to repair it. Eventually, they had to excavate the hole more than 40 feet.

PHOTOS: Sinkhole On Austin Peay State University Football Field

Officials said the sinkhole repair will not delay the $19-million renovation project. It's expected to complete by the Governors' football home opener on September 13.

Sinkholes are common on-campus and throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky area, due to karst topography.

The campus has several sinkholes that have been repurposed for student use. “The Bowls,” two remediated sinkholes, have been a center point of campus since it was founded in 1927.