ROCHESTER — It looks small, but a sinkhole forming underneath state Route 511 is causing big problems in Rochester.
On Tuesday, officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation met with village officials in Rochester regarding the sinkhole that developed underneath Route 511 between Griggs and Bursley roads.
Rochester Mayor Kathy Frombaugh said ODOT first noticed the hole and notified the town two weeks ago when it was just a dip in the road. Since then, the ground underneath, which is washed away across the center of the road, has caused a larger hole in the pavement and forced the town to shut down that section of road around the sinkhole.
The stretch of Route 511 from state Routes 18 to 162 is closed to all but residential traffic, Frombaugh said.
The total cost to repair the hole is about $210,000 and on Friday, village officials sent in a request to the Ohio Public Works Commission for $195,000, Frombaugh said. The remaining $15,000 will need to come from the village’s budget.
While the sinkhole was only recently discovered, ODOT spokeswoman Christine Meyers said it’s likely that it has been developing over a long period of time.
Rochester is working to secure an agreement with contractors to fix the sinkhole, and they should have more information next week, Frombaugh said. Once funding and a contractor are lined up, it should take fewer than 60 days to fix, she said.