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Bethel sinkhole repair just about completed

Work finally wrapped up this week on filling the sinkhole that opened up along Bethel Road last winter when torrential rains caused an obsolete section of drainpipe to fail and the ground collapse. Story, page A3. - Charlie Bermant/Staff Photo
Work finally wrapped up this week on filling the sinkhole that opened up along Bethel Road last winter when torrential rains caused an obsolete section of drainpipe to fail and the ground collapse. Story, page A3.
— image credit: Charlie Bermant/Staff Photo

The repair of the 50-foot sinkhole on Bethel Road is all done except for a few details, with last-minute paving, sidewalk construction and parking lot painting expected to finish by the end of October.

“I think the project went very well,” said Port Orchard Assistant Engineer Andrea Archer. “Every construction project has delays, but we were able to deal with all of them on this project.”

Archer said the final cost for the repair has yet to be determined. The most recent estimate is $480,000, approximately $30,000 more expensive than initial projections.

The payment equation is that FEMA assumes 75 percent of the cost with the remainder split between the state and the city.

The numbers are uncertain, according to Port Orchard Treasurer Kris Tompkins, because FEMA won’t commit until the project is completed.

The project will have taken nearly a year to repair since the December storm that caused the ground to collapse.

It was delayed by weather, as well as FEMA funding that needed to be resolved.

Federal regulations called for completion of the project by Oct. 31. a deadline that has apparently been met.

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