Road Closed in Jessup Due to Mine Subsidence

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JESSUP, Pa. -- Crews are working to fix a big hole in the middle of Route 247, known as Church Street, in Jessup.

PennDOT officials called it a mine subsidence.

"I think it's dangerous because a person like me that's not aware of it, especially if it happened when it was still dark out, what happens? You could get killed," said Dale Schank of Daleville.

The news of a mine opening up here did not come as a surprise to many people.

They said there have been plenty of subsidences in this area.

"This whole area is mines, you know? Where I live here, you can see like the road here? It's sunk down over in there. Clarkson avenue here, all different spots is all caved in," said James Clark of Jessup.

"They're all over the place, I mean the whole ground underneath here is like Swiss cheese pretty much from all the, all the mines," said Jeff Heckler of Jessup.

"I mean it happens, you know, it is scary, something you definitely worry about," he added.

PennDOT crews said they will review mine maps and try to figure out the best way to fill in and fix the hole.

They said they are hopeful it will only take a day or two.

"It's maybe six feet or so we'll come in do some saw cutting, come back and fill it in and then hopefully get the road paved over here pretty quickly," said PennDOT spokesman James May.

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