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Funding OK’d to fix Highway 10 sinkhole

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Funding is in place to fix a sinkhole under the eastbound driving lane of Highway 10 just east of Staples. 

Judy Jacobs, MnDOT District 3 communications specialist, said the state office on Thursday approved the district’s request for an order to authorize emergency repair work, expected to cost about $100,000. 

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The sinkhole was noticed by MnDOT crews on Wednesday and was likely caused by a failing culvert under the highway. The driving lane of eastbound Highway 10 east of Staples will be closed until further notice.

Crews on Thursday continued to inspect the sinkhole, which initially measured about 4 feet-by-4 feet. The area under inspection is partially submerged, Jacobs said, making the analysis take longer than expected. The extent of the repair work needed would probably be known by Monday, she said. 

Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd has been contracted by MnDOT to do the repair work. 

The section of Highway 10 that is closed handles about 8,900 vehicles a day. Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution when driving through the area.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5857.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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