A sinkhole formed at U.S. 422 near Palmyra in Lebanon County, forcing authorities to close the road from motorists on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Heavy rains over the weekend caused the hole to form, and officials are still assessing the situation. According to PennDOT spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler, a sinkhole happens when limestone underneath the road gets eroded by water. He also added that it looks like there is some form of sinkhole in the area every year, and people are getting upset about it. But because of the ground’s composition, they cannot fix it permanently. PennDOT does not know yet when it will be repaired and how much it would cost. Repairs of previous sinkholes cost thousands and even millions of dollars.
A detour spanning four miles was posted for motorists, but they are not the only ones who are affected by the sinkhole. Business owners such as the Palmyra Bowling Alley & Sinkhole Saloon consider it an inconvenience as nobody can go to the establishment which is only a few steps away from the hole.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Lebanon County, check this Lebanon County sinkhole map.