5-foot-deep sinkhole in Ensley causing headache for workers, residents

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ENSLEY, Ala. (WIAT) — You’ve likely been told your entire life to look left and look right before crossing the street. Now, you also need to look down.

There is a sinkhole in the middle of the southbound lane on Roberts Industrial Drive nearing 13th Street in Ensley. Workers in the area say that these sinkholes occur often.

“This happens maybe once, twice every two to three years,” Josh Box, who works off 13th Street said.

This sinkhole is about 5 feet deep, with only a single orange cone warning drivers of the road hazard.

“Trucks that drive here to make deliveries, they’re out of state. They’re unaware. That and it’s just marked with a cone,” Box said.

CBS42 has reached out to the Mayor’s office regarding a timeline for when this sinkhole will be fixed, but have not heard back. Workers said in the past, the sinkholes have not been filled quickly.

“Last time they wanted to wait until the entire thing caved in before they could stabilize and make repairs,” Box said.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this exact sinkhole has caved. CBS42 is continuing to reach out for answers on when this driving hazard will be fixed. If there are any road issue in your area, e-mail us at reportit@wiat.com.

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