By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Just past high noon Saturday during a sizzling 85-degree day, newly laid asphalt caved in on East State Street.
Hermitage police responded at 12:51 p.m. to the report of a sinkhole on East State Street and Cohasset Drive.
The sinkhole was about 2-feet-by-3è-feet, with a depth of close to 3 feet. It was in the right lane of traffic traveling westbound on East State Street and the middle of Cohasset Drive next to the Dairy Queen.
Cpl. Daniel Young of the Hermitage police was on-scene within minutes of the call and blocked traffic in the right lane while waiting for a contractor to arrive.
“There is no immediate danger,” Young said. “The contractor got right out here and they will plate it as a temporary fix.”
Young surmised that an open space underneath the new asphalt was the culprit of the cave-in.
Inside the hole around the edges, Young pointed out that earth was packed up around the hole which means it probably won’t get any bigger.
The police and contractor weren’t taking any chances, putting up cones blocking off the area around the hole.
Tim Wolford of S.E.T. Excavating and General Contracting, Inc., Lowellville, Ohio, arrived shortly after police and called a team in to plate the hole until a permanent fix could be made.
Wolford said he was not sure why the asphalt collapsed.