Construction crews at Austin Peay’s Governors Stadium are working to remediate a small sinkhole, complicating the replacement of the main stadium building. The Leaf-Chronicle reports that the sinkhole was three by five feet and no more than five feet deep when it was discovered nearly a month ago. Workers have expanded it to be forty feet wide by deep in search of stable bedrock.
The limestone caves running under Montgomery County give the area its karst topography and make it prone to sinkholes. The budget for the stadium project includes money for sinkhole remediation in anticipation of complications.
Mike Jenkins, Superintendent for Nashville-based Bell & Associates Construction, told the Leaf-Chronicle that crews will fill the hole with several layers of rock and concrete and then cover it with two feet of asphalt. The hole should be filled by the end of the week and should not affect the budget or schedule for the Governors Stadium project.
Several smaller sinkholes in the parking lot will also be fixed before the stadium is ready for the Governor’s game against Chattanooga Sept. 13.