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Road cave-in caused by contractor error

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Updated: 6/13/2013 8:38 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Workers have been trying to get to the bottom of a hole in the road in San Marco all day as drivers cautiously make their way around it.

"I wouldn't want to fall into that thing," said driver Jack Bairamian.

Action News has learned the dangerous cave-in at the intersection of Kings and Atlantic Boulevard was caused by a contractor's critical mistake.

The DOT tells Action News a sub-contractor for Qwest Telecommunications drilled a hole in a storm drain while they were moving their own underground utilities. When Tropical Storm Andrea brought heavy rains, all that storm water leaked under the pavement, making it weak.

"It's caused by what appears to be a stormwater washout that's weakened the subsurface under the road and that's caused the road to collapse," said Geologist Quenton White with Jacksonville University.

The DOT says the contractor will be held financially responsible for the complex repairs that are now needed.

"This is not a trivial project, this is a very significant expensive pothole, if you will" said White.

Qwest says they will work with the DOT to get the problem patched up this week. Repairs are expected to begin Friday morning and last several days.
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