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DOT evaluating sinkhole in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE - Crews from the Georgia Department of Transportation are evaluating a sinkhole that has opened in a parking lot on John Morrow Parkway at Pearl Nix Parkway in Gainesville.<br /> <br /> Even though the sinkhole is in a shopping center parking lot, it could affect traffic on the roadway, according to the DOT. Access to the Barry Menswear/Curves shopping center from Pearl Nix Parkway is closed, but the access from SR 53 Connector/John Morrow Parkway is open.<br /> <br /> The sinkhole is said to be about 12 feet wide just under the asphalt and appears to be about 20 feet deep.<br /> <br /> "We are in the early stages of evaluating the damage to the roadway. We will develop a repair plan and projected timeline as the extent of damage is determined. Please avoid the area if possible," said Georgia DOT District Engineer Bayne Smith in an email statement.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
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