Residents describe sinkhole as inconvenience, Princeton Avenue

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We’re approaching a 1-year anniversary in the City of Bluefield, the birth of a sinkhole.

The sinkhole formed on Princeton Avenue after a flooding last September.

A section of the roadway is blocked off, leaving a one lane passage for traffic.

Portable traffic lights are directing drivers from opposite sides of the road, diverting commuters around the sinkhole.

Benny Dillow travels on Princeton Avenue daily, and says he’s tired of having to wait at the stop light for traffic to pass by.

“The light changes fast,” said Dillow. “Sometimes, you sit through a couple of light changes and it’s a big inconvenience.”

The West Virginia Division of Highways maintains Princeton Avenue but because the damage extends into the Norfolk Southern Railways property, the engineering solution requires both parties working together.

 

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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