Guests offered opportunity to enter Skydome for close look at sinkhole
Bowling Green, KY – On February 12th the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY was handed a lemon… a 40′ wide by 60′ deep lemon to be exact. What the Museum did, in turn, was even more unexpected than the sinkhole itself. The Museum turned the misfortune into a tourist attraction.
“We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum. “We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”
Clarksville, TN – Construction crews are now remediating a large sinkhole discovered a few months ago during construction of the new Governors Stadium. The hole, identified in March when construction crews installed underground utilities, was relatively small, measuring only a few feet across.
However, once work began to remediate the sinkhole, workers encountered unstable soil conditions that required an excavation more than 40 feet deep.
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Ends Quest to Save Museum Corvettes
Bowling Green, KY – The last of the “Great 8″ Corvettes has been pulled from the depths of the 40 foot wide by 60 foot deep sinkhole that collapsed within the Skydome building of the National Corvette Museum exactly eight weeks ago, marking the end of the first phase of rebuilding.
“We’re happy to have the completion of our major goal to recover all eight of the Corvettes,” said Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the Museum. “Next week we have a meeting with all the major players, including the construction team, geo-technical firm, cave and karst specialists, engineers, our insurance company and others to review all the findings and have discussions on the next steps and a mutual understanding about rebuilding.”
Crew Took Opportunity to Grab Car During Sinkhole Prep
Bowling Green, KY – In an unexpected turn of events, the Millionth Corvette was resurrected from the depths of the sinkhole today.
“Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we felt like this might be our best chance,” said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction.
Danny indicated that they pulled the car by one wheel from where it was lodged and it swung free into the cavern.
2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 Emerges Nearly Unscathed
Bowling Green, KY – Crowds of construction personnel, media, Museum visitors and staff cheered as the first Corvette, the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 emerged from the depths of the sinkhole this morning at approximately 10:35am CT. The process was streamed live on two of the Museum’s web cams with thousands of viewers tuning in all over the world.
“It’s wonderful… just seven more to go,” said Mike Murphy, construction manager for the project.
Museum cars damaged in sinkhole collapse will be shipped to Warren, Michigan
Detroit, MI – To help the National Corvette Museum recover from the massive sink hole, Chevrolet will be overseeing restoration of the Corvettes damaged. The process will be managed by General Motors Design in Warren, MI.
“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development.
Bowling Green, KY – On Wednesday, February 12th, a giant sinkhole collapsed inside the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum. Eight Corvettes fell into the sinkhole and were damage in the incident.
Today, Friday, February 13th, the Museum provided an update on the status of the sinkhole. Mike Murphy of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction led the conference.
Bowling Green, KY – The National Corvette Museum received a call at 5:44am from their security company alerting them of their motion detectors going off in their Skydome area of the Museum.
Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time.
The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area.
Clarksville, TN - Clarksville Police are assisting Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) crews in containing a sinkhole near Exit 8 on Interstate 24. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route until the problem has been contained. We will update this story as it continues to develop.
The sinkhole is on the eastbound side, and traffic is down to one lane. Be advised.
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Highway Department wants the public to know that Sango Road remains closed to through traffic, as they continue to work to resolve the sinkhole problem. They estimate that it will reopen by the end of next week, barring any weather delays.
The public will be notified once work has been completed and the road has been reopened. Thank you for your cooperation.
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