Sinkhole opens on Penn State campus

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 24, 2014 

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— A large sinkhole opened Sunday on the Penn State campus, closing a portion of a parking lot Monday.

Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant closed a portion of the Brown A lot and the EE East loading dock in the area of Pollock and Burrowes roads while repairs are made, according to a university news release.

Work crews were digging out the sinkhole Monday, and the university reported that the lot should be fixed in one week.

Those with Brown A permits will be allowed to park in the Red A lots near the IST Building until Friday, the university stated.

Sinkholes are nothing new to University Park or State College.

In October 2012, a major sinkhole forced the State College Area School District to close a portion of the Memorial Field bleachers, the site of State High home football games.

The field reopened before the 2013 fall football season but only after about $3 million in repairs, which included new west-side bleachers, a temporary bleacher on the eastern side of the field, a draining system that runs water to the sinkhole and new turf.

A sinkhole also opened in October 2012 off Park Avenue on the Penn State campus. The sinkhole caused a storm drain pipe to break.

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