50-year-old Frankfort road almost collapses

Workers from the Frankfort street department have been busy trying to fix a 50 year old road that almost collapsed today.
Workers from the Frankfort street department have been busy trying to fix a 50 year old road that almost collapsed today.

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Workers from the Frankfort Street Department have been busy trying to fix a 50-year-old road that almost collapsed Tuesday.

Around 9 a.m., the street crew noticed a crack in Hoke Avenue. They blocked off a portion of the road near the intersection of Hoke Avenue and Wilshire Drive.

The drainage systems under the road were checked and there are no problems.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe said erosion over the years caused the crack in the concrete, which is about 2-and-a-half-feet wide.

“It’s a freak of nature. It’s an erosion that happens in the grass, in the fields, and things like that,” said Forsythe. “It just happens to be eroding the concrete away underneath our road.”

He said he is still trying to figure out the amount of damage.

“That was the whole reason in shutting that road down, just to be safe,” said Forsythe. “I mean, cause that concrete would shift a little bit when cars would go over it when we were out here today. So we knew there was a problem.”

The road is closed until further notice.