HINTON, West Virginia — The Hinton Police Department in West Virginia is at risk of falling into a giant sinkhole.
According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the sinkhole first formed in June. The hole, officials said, was about “six feet wide and about 30 feet deep when it opened.”
A spokesperson for WVDOT said a “90-year-old drain under the road began failing, leading to the collapse.”
WVDOH released a statement saying crews installed a “120-foot temporary culvert and fill material under the road, but heavy rains from Hurricane Nicole on Friday, Nov. 11, washed out the fill and made the sinkhole worse.”
The Department of Transportation will begin building a bridge across the sinkhole on Saturday.
Chief Engineer of District Operations Joe Pack, P.E., said “bridge assembly and installation will be done in the middle of WV 20 and will take between 24 and 48 hours.”
“We just put it together like a big Lego set,” Pack said.