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Video: IU’s Assembly Hall Could Fit In This Sinkhole

Monroe County Airport Director Bruce Payton says the excavation caused by three sinkholes could fit almost three Assembly Hall sized buildings inside of it.

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.

Alex Dierckman

Alex Dierckman is a reporter and anchor for WFIU/WTIU News and Indiana Newsdesk. She has been with the station since 2012. From Carmel, Indiana, Alex is excited to report and deliver the news in her home state. You can follow her on Twitter @alexdierckman.

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