Effects of April rain causing trouble for drivers

Several drivers have gotten stuck in a sinkhole near 57th Street and Michigan Road.
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Drivers are finding more sinkholes all over town, forcing busy roads to be shut down and damaging cars that hit them.

It's not a quick fix, but the Department of Public Works is getting quick emergency bids to get the repairs started.

"I don't want to go in that sinkhole," said Ernest Soto. "Last night there was a truck stuck in that."

On 57th Street just off Michigan Road, a hole about two-feet deep and six feet across sits on the westbound shoulder of the road. More asphalt is sagging at the edges of the hole, but has yet to collapse.

"One tire was in down to the axle," Soto said of a vehicle that struck the hole.

"My friend was the first to tell me about it. She had driven around and hit it," said Dustin Akard.

He says it started 10 days or so ago about the size of a dinner plate and has expanded since because of heavy rain.

Residents say they reported the hole to the city. Eyewitness News did, too, and there is some kind of work going on.

Road work is also coming to River Road near the Fashion Mall. It's technically not a sinkhole, the city said, but due to erosion around the bridge, which was discovered during routine, mandated inspections and was supposed to be fixed soon.

But April's rains came first and "that erosion went up to the subgrade of the bridge or right under it and washed out a lot of that asphalt and rock and that's what caused the hole," said DPW's Lesley Gordon.

In Carmel, there are wheel ruts on Main Street between the Monon Trail and 1st Street NW in the Arts and Design District. The ruts aren't storm water-related, the city says, but they will dig into it after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night to see what's wrong under the street, then re-open by 5:00 a.m. Friday morning.

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