Gulfport city leaders devising plan to fix Dolan Ave. crater

Whitney Owen says she has seen city workers re-paving the same sinkhole three times since she moved to Dolan Avenue with her 5-year-old son in December. Image source: WLOX News.
Whitney Owen says she has seen city workers re-paving the same sinkhole three times since she moved to Dolan Avenue with her 5-year-old son in December. Image source: WLOX News.
Orange fencing and metal barricades have been set up on Dolan Avenue for months now. Image source: WLOX News.
Orange fencing and metal barricades have been set up on Dolan Avenue for months now. Image source: WLOX News.
Residents and drivers in the area have been dealing with these detours for months now, and they're relieved the city is finally about to put an end to their reoccurring headache. Image source: WLOX News.
Residents and drivers in the area have been dealing with these detours for months now, and they're relieved the city is finally about to put an end to their reoccurring headache. Image source: WLOX News.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Orange fencing and metal barricades have been set up on Dolan Avenue for months now, because a giant sinkhole opened up on the street caused by major flooding following heavy storms.

Whitney Owen says she has seen city workers re-paving the same sinkhole three times since she moved to Dolan Avenue with her 5-year-old son in December.

"We've just sort of wondered why it's been sitting there the way that it has for so long, because the other times it has happened, they've put a Band-Aid on it and fixed it really quickly but it keeps falling back," Owen said.

Eric Rose lives a few doors down from Owen. He says after living on Dolan for 11 years, he has gotten use to the detour signs going up, so it no longer bothers him. In fact, he says he enjoys seeing fewer cars on his street.

"When there wasn't the sinkhole there, I would see the same cars zooming down the street going way over the speed limit, and I'm trying to walk my dogs or mow my grass and a car goes zinging by me. It's been kind of nice to have the reduced traffic," Rose said.

Residents and drivers in the area have been dealing with these detours for months now, and they're relieved the city is finally about to put an end to their reoccurring headache.

Engineers have been working to design a plan to repair any leaking pipes that may have caused the giant hole after heavy rains flooded the area. When that work is finished, the next step will be to re-pave the road.

"I'm just happy that it's going to be done and over with and done properly and correctly," Owen said.

"Hope they do it right this time and quit burning tax dollars," Rose said.

The city's public works director says the work to properly fix the massive sinkhole could begin within a month.

WLOX News learned Thursday that it will take $200,000 for the City of Gulfport to repair the drainage system, fill in the sinkhole and then re-pave Dolan Avenue.

When the re-paving is finished, there's a chance Harrison County may kick in some money for a second project.

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