During Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting, it was explained to the aldermen that the big hole in the westbound lane of Harrison Street, between Ramsey and Slater Streets, was a collapsed drainage structure wall and not a sinkhole.
Since Harrison Street is actually a state highway (69) that passes through Batesville, ArDOT is doing the repair work. Batesville City Engineer Damon Johnson told the council work has been hampered by several days of rainfall, but it is now moving forward.
A rock-wall drainage structure, most likely built by hand and somewhere between 80 and 100 years old, collapsed under the roadway. ArDOT is now in the process of replacing the structure. The first order of business was to move some utility lines to allow for the repair work.
Traffic is still passing through the area on a one-lane-at-a-time basis although the area is sometimes completely closed during various points of the repair.
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