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Sinkhole opens on Penn State campus

A large sink hole was discovered yesterday by the loading dock of the Penn State electrical engineering building. The Penn State office of the physical plant is investigating and working on the problem, February 24, 2014.
A large sink hole was discovered yesterday by the loading dock of the Penn State electrical engineering building. The Penn State office of the physical plant is investigating and working on the problem, February 24, 2014. CDT photo

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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