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Sinkhole repair closes Fairbanks bridge
A Fairbanks bridge over the Chena River is closing Friday to allow workers to repair a nearby sinkhole.
Fairbanks Public Works Director Mike Schmetzer says the Wendell Avenue Bridge is closing.
Reports say the sinkhole is about 7 feet deep and the size of a volleyball near the surface.
The sinkhole is one of several that opened up recently after heavy rain.
One sinkhole on a resident's lawn was estimated to be 80 feet deep.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has reported three sinkholes. An employee cutting grass with a riding mower on the east side of campus Thursday was stopped when ground opened beneath the mower's left wheel.
That sinkhole was about 10 feet deep.