Funding is in place to fix a sinkhole under the eastbound driving lane of Highway 10 just east of Staples.
Judy Jacobs, MnDOT District 3 communications specialist, said the state office on Thursday approved the district’s request for an order to authorize emergency repair work, expected to cost about $100,000.
The sinkhole was noticed by MnDOT crews on Wednesday and was likely caused by a failing culvert under the highway. The driving lane of eastbound Highway 10 east of Staples will be closed until further notice.
Crews on Thursday continued to inspect the sinkhole, which initially measured about 4 feet-by-4 feet. The area under inspection is partially submerged, Jacobs said, making the analysis take longer than expected. The extent of the repair work needed would probably be known by Monday, she said.
Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd has been contracted by MnDOT to do the repair work.
The section of Highway 10 that is closed handles about 8,900 vehicles a day. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution when driving through the area.
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