- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - 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.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/1jykU6C) reports 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.

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