Long-term fix set for sinkholes at Monroe County airport

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Officials hope work can start next month on a long-term fix for sinkholes near the main runway of a southern Indiana airport.

The sinkholes at the Monroe County Airport near Bloomington were filled with concrete soon after they were discovered in 2011. Airport manager Bruce Payton tells The Herald-Times that the new work will have all soil removed to the bedrock in a stretch that's 1,600 feet long and the area refilled with stone and other materials.

The project is expected to cost about $11 million. Payton says if expected federal funding comes through covering about 90 percent of the cost that work could start in mid-August and be completed by October.

The airport's main runway would be closed during the work, but its smaller runway will remain open.

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