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Sinkholes an issue on several Eureka township roads

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news Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Getting around Eureka Township has been a little more difficult lately, thanks to the amount of snow and rain the area has received.

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Several culverts in the township have given out in recent weeks, creating something of a sink hole in those locations. Three areas of concern have been identified, but township board supervisor Mark Ceminsky said township officials are keeping an eye on all of the roads.

"We have had a couple of culverts that are collapsing because of the weather," he said. "It doesn't happen often, but there have been a couple of them this spring."

The first was located on Highview Avenue between 225th Street and 235th Street. In that case, the township has filled the hole, but the road will not be permanently repaired until after ground dries and becomes more stable. An announcement on the township's website advises residents to drive with caution in that area.

Another sink hole formed at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and 225th Street. That area has been marked off by cones. A third sink hole has formed on Ipava Avenue, at the stream crossing between 267th and 250th streets, according to the township's website. That area, too, is marked with cones and is down to one lane of travel.

Ceminsky and township board supervisor Pete Storlie sit on Eureka's roads committee. The two go out often to review the condition of the township's roads. If they receive report of a problem, or if they find an area of concern, the damaged areas are posted on the township's website, www.eurekatownship-mn.us, to alert residents.

The township will permanently fix all of the roads as soon as possible, Ceminsky said. However, with the uncertain weather lately, it is hard to say when that might be.

"If we tried to do it now, it's just too unstable. The road would give way," he said. "This spring has kind of taken a toll on the roads. We want to get out there and repair them, but Mother Nature just isn't cooperating."

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