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Sinkhole opens up at DFW Airport, forcing authorities to close a runwayOne of the runways at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is closed while crews deal with a sinkhole, located somewhere on the air field, “in the vicinity” of runway 18-L. That runway is closed for the time being. officials don’t know how long it will take to repair the 25-foot-by-25-foot sinkhole. The airport has six other runways available for use. (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com) More...
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They will just blame it on Global Warm----, er, Climate Change.
I hope they get the Fracking hole fixed. ( Somebody had to do it )
From the time I-635 between I-35 and DFW Airport opened there have been massive problems with the soil sinking. From day 1, that freeway which feeds the north airport entrance has been sinking badly. If you have driven LBJ to the airport you would have been subjected to tremendous bouncing action and constant repairs. I often wondered how in the world the contractors could have gotten away with building such a horrible roadway. The soil in that area, along with the fault line(s) and other factors should be considered. There have been times when some vehicles have almost lost control at freeway speeds coming across from north Dallas to the airport because of the dips in the road base. It's been an E-Ticket Ride for as long as I can remember....
Heavy landing is my guess!
DFW Airport has known of the problems related to deteriorating underground airfield drainage culverts for many years. Back in the late 1990's we had a similar experience with a cross airport fuel pipe that crossed over one of the main culverts. The culvert was "repaired" when in truth it should have been replaced. Unfortunately, the replacement of the culverts will be a massive undertaking and will require long term closures of runways to facilitate the replacement. Let us not forget that the airport was built in the late 1960's & early 1970's and they are dealing with infrastructure that will be celebrating its "Golden Anniversary" in the near future.
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