Sinkhole on N. Belmont plagues drivers, bikers

Posted at 10:56 PM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-16 23:40:19-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Here is a heads up for bikers and drivers traveling along North Belmont Avenue in the city. There are bright orange cones and barrels are surrounding a sinkhole.

Neighbor Judy Dart did not realize how bad it was until Sunday when she spotted a biker stopped in the area.

She went over because she thought he had been hurt.

"He said he was putting a cone there because there was a big hole, so I went over to see" Dart explained.

That's why she contacted the city.

Dart says like that biker, her husband also placed cones around the sinkhole to alert others.

"My concern is traffic coming down the street and someone hitting it and that could possibly hurt somebody" Dart said.

Treyvon Miller works at a nearby restaurant and tells us he has heard customers talking about the sinkhole.

"I don't really drive but I have noticed it. It's bad. I think they need to fix something like that immediately" Miller said.

CBS 6 contacted Richmond's Department of Public utilities to find out when the work will be done.  No one responded to our calls.

Written signs suggest that street repair and sidewalk work will be done March 16 and 17.

CBS was on the scene when a city crew  pulled up and parked on the other side of the sink hole, even removing the barrel to peer into the hole.

They got out and began working on sidewalk repairs.

Folks who live and work here are hoping the sinkhole will soon get to the top of the city's priority list.

"They are not out here. You guys are, but I hope someone can get out here soon. Maybe this story will reach those city workers that need to come out here and fix the street" Miller said.

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