National Corvette Museum Decides To Completely Fill Sinkhole

Posted: Sat 10:06 AM, Aug 30, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The sinkhole that has grabbed so much attention around the nation, will be filled at the National Corvette Museum.

The Board Of Directors at the museum made the decision at a quarterly meeting Saturday morning. They said after more research, the cost of keeping the sinkhole open would've been double the original figure.

“We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit,” said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “At the June board meeting, the information available at that time indicated a cost of around $500,000 more to keep the hole, but after incorporating additional safety features and vapor barriers for humidity control, the price tag rose to $1 million more than the cost to put the Skydome back how it was,” stated National Corvette Museum Director, Wendell Strode.

Keeping even a portion of the sinkhole would require 35 foot retaining walls to be built inside of the sinkhole, additional micro piling, visible steel beams running through the hole, and soil nailing. Those features would be needed to ensure the safety of visitors.

The museum said the board also considered future maintenance issues that could arise if the hole was kept along with the possibility that the pit wouldn't look like a naturally occurring sinkhole any longer.

“The interest in our new attraction has been phenomenal so we do plan to leave it ‘as-is’ through our Vets ‘n Vettes event November 6-8, 2014, after which time we will begin the process of re-mediating and filling the hole,” added Strode.