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Long-Term Fix Set For Sinkholes At Monroe County Airport

Last updated on Friday, July 19, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Officials hope work can start next month on a long-term fix for sinkholes near the main runway Monroe County Airport.

The sinkholes at the Monroe County Airport near Bloomington were filled with concrete soon after they were discovered in 2011.

Airport manager Bruce Payton tells The Herald-Times that the new work will have all soil removed to the bedrock in a stretch that's 1,600 feet long and the area refilled with stone and other materials.

The project is expected to cost about $11 million. Payton says if expected federal funding comes through covering about 90 percent of the cost that work could start in mid-August and be completed by October.

The airport's main runway would be closed during the work, but its smaller runway will remain open.

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