Austintown sinkhole awaits repairs

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been three months since a sinkhole developed on New Road near Raccoon Road in Austintown.

As Mahoning County Engineer Patrick Ginnetti waits for the contractor to start the work, those living and working nearby are concerned for their safety and wish the process would speed up.

Ginnetti said a contractor has been hired to fix the hole, but the work has not yet started. The estimated cost to the fix the sinkhole is $80,000.

Barber Dominic Cheff, whose shop is directly across from the growing hole, said his patience is running low.

“I think it should have been taken care of long before that because like I said, it can definitely be an accident waiting to happen,” Cheff said. “If they don’t happen to see those cones or whatever, they come around too fast, you go right into that sinkhole. It could be a very serious problem. It definitely needs fixed.”

The Austintown Police Department keeps a watchful eye to ensure no one gets hurt.

“But obviously as the sinkhole begins to get larger, the traffic cones that were around it to warn motorists have begun to sunken into it, so now e keep a watch on it to make sure it does not approach into the passing lane on New Road or we end up having to shut down both lanes,” Austintown officer Thomas Collins said.

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