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Custodian directs traffic around sinkhole

April 18, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL — West Riverside Elementary School custodian Robert Allen has taken to directing traffic around a large pothole near the school for the past month, according to First Coast News.

What started as a small pothole has grown to a three-feet-deep sinkhole that continues to widen as vehicle and foot traffic continue to agitate the ground, the story stated.

The city placed barricades around the problem area on April 4, but have not been back to address the issue that continues to hamper the smooth arrival and dismissal of students, the story noted.

Surprisingly, and almost dismissing concerns of local residents, Jacksonville Spokesperson Debbie Delgado said, "Per public works, the depression in the road is not an open cave-in at this time and does not pose a serious hazard. It is on the list to be repaired in less than two weeks."

The bed underneath the asphalt has completely washed away, and until the problem is remediated, it will continue to be a safety hazard to all who come in close proximity — and will only grow in severity, the story added.

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