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Sinkholes an issue on several Eureka township roads

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

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,, 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."

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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