Construction crews at the Monroe County Airport are finding more cracks in the bedrock under the runway. The airport shut down its main runway last week to fill in three sinkholes.
Monroe County Airport Manager Bruce Payton says the crews planned for the potential of finding new cracks, but now after seeing the holes he’s surprised by the magnitude of them.
“When I first talked about this project I said you could probably fill Assembly Hall with the amount of dirt, but I think you could probably put a couple of buildings the size of Assembly Hall in the amount of excavated earth that is out there right now,” he says.
Payton says the project is still on budget. The FAA awarded the Monroe County airport a nearly $11-million grant to make the sinkhole repairs.