Sinkhole repairs begin at PMMS

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Repair work has begun at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School after the discovery of a Karst anomaly beneath a portion of the building.

This type of sinkhole was created during construction when significant fill soil was placed over weaker residual soils.

These soil conditions led to a change in the foundation causing cracks in the west wing of the building including classrooms, hallways, and the library.

Pressurized grout and pier systems will be installed over the next to summers to repair the Shenandoah County Public School with costs estimated at $500,000.

Repairs made this summer will be completed by the third week of July and will not impact the school year.

FdNCON and Triad Engineering are contracted for the repairs.

President of FdNCON Freddie Neal spoke on the safety of the school stating, “Based on our experience with other underpinning and compaction grouting projects in similar conditions, the building is safe for students and staff. ”

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VDOT reschedules sinkhole work after July 4

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced in an email the rescheduling of the sinkhole repair in Shenandoah County.

As Ken Slack always says road work is weather permitting.

The sinkhole work on Interstate 81 north in Shenandoah County was scheduled to start June 22.

With the heavy rains the work has to be rescheduled.

VDOT announced the work will now have to wait until after the Independence Day weekend.

An announcement will be made in the meantime the temporary patch in place is being monitored constantly by VDOT.

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VDOT reschedules sinkhole repairs in Shenandoah County

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A Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) news release announced the rescheduling of the sinkhole repair in Shenandoah County.

Motorist are asked to prepare for the work to Interstate 81 to begin at 7 p.m. June 22.

The work will cause at least one lane shutdown or it is possibly all northbound lanes will need to be shutdown.

The shutdown depends on the scope of work that needs to be done which won’t be known until excavation begins on Wed. and could last into Thur. June 23.

Motorist will want to pay close attention to signboards along 81 and stay informed with up to the minute information here.

Lane closures will begin at mile marker 266 to mile marker 269 on Interstate 81 northbound in Shenandoah County.

If total shutdown of lanes occurs motorist will be diverted to Route 11 north starting at exit 257 and reenter 81 at exit 269.

Exit 264 to Route 211 at New Market will be closed due to restrictions in size for trucks trying to access Route 11 north.

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VDOT plans sinkhole repairs in Shenandoah County

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to make plans for upcoming sinkhole repairs in Shenandoah County.

According to an email from VDOT permanent repairs to the sinkhole at mile marker 268 will begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. and may extend into Thursday June 9.

The work may temporarily shut down northbound lanes between New Market and Mount Jackson.

Timing of the work is unknown until crews begin excavation.

No detour route is planned but should traffic backups occur VDOT recommends using Route 11 at exit 257 and rejoining 81 at exit 269.

A temporary patch has been in  place at the location since May 27 and has been monitored.

The work zone will begin at mile marker 266 to marker 269 starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. and remain in place until work is complete.

The exit at 264 will be closed at Route 211 in New Market due to tight turning areas for trucks trying to access Route 11 north.

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Sinkhole in Shenandoah County

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A sinkhole caused a nearly 4 mile long back up in Shenandoah County yesterday for motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 81.

The sinkhole appeared at mile marker 268 and shut down the left lane.

VDOT applied a temporary patch so be on the lookout for further repairs in the future.

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