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Sinkhole threatens Austin Peay’s football stadium

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This is not a scene from “Dark Knight Rises.”

This sinkhole is for real, but Hines Ward won’t have a problem outrunning it.

A sinkhole, which is 40-feet wide by 40-feet deep, opened in one of the end zones at Austin Peay’s Governors Stadium, and it’s spread to part of the field.

Sinkholes are common in the area around Clarksville, Tenn., and it was discovered during construction to replace the stadium’s main building.

“We actually put a line item in the budget for sinkhole remediation,” Mike Jenkins, superintendent for Nashville-based Bell & Associates Construction, told Gannett Tennessee. “You never know to what extent you’re going to run into them, but we know that Montgomery County, and Austin Peay State University specifically, is famous for sinkholes.”

This is from the story:

In August, a 5-foot sinkhole opened on Ford Street, near the university’s Maynard Mathematics Center.

Underground limestone caves create the area’s unique karst topography, and digging for installation of electrical wires or pipes can accelerate the flow of water that leads to the erosion of the rock.

Jenkins said officials met with a geotechnical engineer Monday as construction workers continued to excavate dirt and expand the hole. It will be filled by several layers of rock, separated by concrete and topped off by 2 feet of subgrade asphalt beneath the track and turf.

Bane hasn’t been reported in the area.

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