Crews Repairing Sinkhole Under Road Near Shopping Center In Murray

Sep 3, 2019

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the City of Murray are working to repair a sinkhole on a road off U.S. 641 across from Murray State’s Roy Stewart Stadium. 

Updated 11:20 a.m. 09/06

Kentucky Transportation engineers and City of Murray have successfully back filled the excavated spot in the road off U.S. 641 in Murray.

A paving crew plans to be at the site Monday, September 9th, to complete repairs to the pavement. The frontage road and entrance to the shopping center will remain closed until the paving work is completed.

The KYTC engineers have determined it is not a sinkhole. Plans from the 1980s indicated there was a large drainage pipe beneath the asphalt.

Engineers say they believe a leak in the pipe eroded soil beneath the pavement over many years, creating the 22 ft. deep and 40 ft. in diameter hole. 

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The surface of the sinkhole found near The Shops at Murray shopping center is about the size of a volleyball.

KYTC engineers have found the hole reaches 20 feet below the pavement surface and 40 feet in diameter near the bottom.

The sinkhole extends under the highway right-of-way near the northbound lanes of U.S. 641.

The area near Cracker Barrel is barricaded pending further investigation.

Crews expect to finish the work by the end of the week.