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Road closed by sinkhole could reopen by week's end

Paige Dukes Paige Dukes
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

Lowndes County officials hoped Wednesday morning to know by the end of the week whether they would be able to open up the portion of the road that has been closed since August 5th because of a sinkhole.

The sinkhole is around 160 ft. across and nearly as deep. It opened up under a pond in the front yard of a home on Shiloh Rd. between Parker Rd. and Hall Webb Rd.

As of Wednesday morning, geologists were continuing to work to examine the ground under the closed portion of Shiloh Rd. looking to see if it is solid and safe.

County officials were urging citizens not to treat the sinkhole like a tourist attraction.

"Lowndes County's asking citizens to be a good neighbor. This sinkhole is on private property," Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes pointed out. "We ask that everyone continue to respect the rights of the property owners and stay off of the property."

Dukes said the county does have the money to make any repairs or adjustments to the road that may have to be made.

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