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A sinkhole has forced the closure of one lane of Bearss Avenue.
By SEAN LEDIG
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA - Despite a 20-foot sinkhole in front Carrollwood Day School, the day was just business as usual according to a school administrator.
“It really hasn’t affected us at all,” said the Head of School, Mary Kanter.
The 20-foot hole was first reported early Thursday in front of the school at 1515 W. Bearss Ave., just west of North Boulevard, said county spokesman Steve Valdez. The inside westbound lane was closed and will likely remain so until May 18.
Valdez didn’t share Kanter’s relaxed demeanor about the hole. Bearss Avenue is a major east-west route with a mix of homes, businesses and schools.
“It couldn’t be in a worse spot with (Carrollwood Day School) and Buchanan Middle School right down the road,” he said.
Buchanan principal Dwight Raines said he also hasn’t heard any complaints about the hole.
As of Thursday, the county hasn’t done anything other than to close the inside westbound lane and observe the hole. Valdez said that staff will wait and see if the sinkhole stabilizes or continues to grow.
“You can’t do anything for the first day or two until you see what it is going to do,” he said.
“Don’t be surprised if we have to close that whole westbound lane,” Valdez continued. “For right now, it’s just the one lane and part of the median. If it grows much more, that whole side is going to have to be shut down.”
Valdez said they didn’t know yet what caused the sinkhole. It could have been one of many that form naturally or if it might have been caused by damaged water or sewer lines.
“If all goes well and it is stabilized as much as it is going to be, and Mother Nature cooperates, we can start pumping cement in for a natural sinkhole, then repave on top of it,” he said.
For more information, call Hillsborough County spokesman Steve Valdez at (813) 272-5275.
Reporter Sean C. Ledig can be reached at (813) 865-1507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.