Sinkholes to be filled on I-70

| 4/27/2004

Kansas officials will temporarily close sections of Interstate 70 through the western section of the state near the town of Russell to fix massive dips in the road caused by two sinkholes, The Lawrence Journal World reported recently.

I-70 is the main link between Denver and Kansas City, MO; Russell lies roughly halfway across the largely rural state. The sinkholes, the newspaper said, were caused by old wells in a nearby oil field.

Enough soil to fill 25 Olympic-size swimming pools will be trucked in to fill the areas. Two bridges over the interstate will have to be demolished, the newspaper reported, and traffic will be diverted to nearby U.S. 40, which before the interstate was the main highway through the region.

One bridge has settled 6 feet at one end, The Associated Press said.

Work is scheduled to begin late this month.