National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Repairs To Begin In November


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If you're planning to visit the National Corvette Museum sinkhole, you'd better hurry up. The museum is planning to begin repairs of the hole that swallowed eight cars next month.

Work to fill the sinkhole in the museum's Skydome will begin November 10 and is expected to take about nine months to complete at a cost of $3.2 million. The process will include removing boulders, adding structural supports, and filling the 60-foot-deep hole with roughly 4,000 tons of stone. The museum will put a webcam feed on its website to show how things are coming along.

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The museum—located near the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky—originally considered keeping the sinkhole open as a tourist attraction. While the hole boosted attendance significantly, it was determined that preserving it would be more expensive than filling it in.

Eight Corvette display cars fell into the sinkhole back in February and took about two months to recover. General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] will restore the 2009 ZR1 prototype—known as the "Blue Devil"—as well as the 1 millionth Corvette. It will also provide funding for restoration of a 1962 Corvette that fell into the sinkhole; the actual work will be overseen by the museum.

The other five damaged cars were considered too far gone to be restored and will instead be displayed in the condition in which they were removed from the hole. They'll provide a reminder of this unusual event, along with some sort of permanent sinkhole-related exhibit that's part of the repair plans.

Sunday November 9 will be the last day for public viewing of the sinkhole, while the repairs are expected to be completed in July 2015.

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