Sharon repairing sinkhole, investigating cause

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — Sharon City Manager Scott Andrejchak said Friday that workers are in the process of fixing a sinkhole in Sharon while the cause of the hole is being investigated.

Andrejchak said an engineer told him the hole could have been caused by a resident’s downspout but will check with other engineers before making a final conclusion. WKBN reported on the hole earlier in June.

If in fact the problem was caused by a resident’s downspout, the city would ask to be reimbursed for the cost of fixing the sinkhole.

Residents in the 200 block of Elm Avenue have been complaining about the large hole in the road for several weeks. City workers came by to check out the problem a few days ago and put plywood and cone barriers around it to alert drivers.

The hole is right in front of Todd Thomas’ house.

He says it gets worse and worse with every strong rain storm.

“I do believe the storm drain under the street is bad, and that’s what is causing the dirt to wash away with the rain water, causing a void gap underneath it, and of course it’s going to collapse at one point,” Thomas said.

Thomas says there are lots of kids who ride their bikes on that street.

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