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Sinkhole closes East College Avenue in front of Nittany Mall

A part of East College Avenue near the Nittany Mall is closed Sunday due to a sinkhole.
A part of East College Avenue near the Nittany Mall is closed Sunday due to a sinkhole. psheehan@centredaily.com

There's another detour in town, and this time it's not for construction.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Saturday closed East College Avenue in College Township from the Shiloh Road intersection to the "Y" with Benner Pike in front of the Nittany Mall due to a sinkhole.

The detour sends motorists up Shiloh Road to Benner Pike.

The opening of the sinkhole, which is about the size of a manhole cover, was discovered on East College Avenue near the Shiloh Road intersection. A State College police officer blocked off the road at 5:27 p.m. Saturday and called PennDOT and fire police. According to PennDOT, the sinkhole spans about 20 square feet underground.

The road was shut down by 6 p.m. Saturday, and is still closed as of Monday afternoon.

PennDOT says its crews are evaluating the situation in order to come up with the best method to repair the road and mitigate further damages. It is not yet known when the road will reopen.

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