Sinkhole Stabilization Begins Today At National Corvette Museum

Matick Chevy Sinkhole Presentation 1
New photos show the extent of the damage to these priceless Corvettes. The pace car is buried and the Spyder is pretty crunched.

Work begins today to stabilize the gigantic sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said this morning.

After setting up equipment and opening a hole in the Skydome's exterior to gain access inside, construction crews now will work on supporting the walls around the huge sinkhole. They'll clear out the concrete, rock and dirt and then the Corvettes as they become available to extract. This may take several weeks.

For daily updates on the sinkhole project, visit the museum's Facebook page, which has changed its profile photo to highlight "The Great Eight" that dropped into the 40-foot wide, 30-foot deep sinkhole.

Strode said that the project engineers do not believe there is any danger of more sinkhole activity at the museum. The rest of the Skydome and the museum are safe, he said, and the museum is open.

"This is Mammoth Cave territory," he said, "and it is different from any other place in the world. We have sinkholes (around here) regularly." title="Aerial view" rel="lightbox351745" He added that engineers are accustomed to working in these situations.

He also said that the museum worked around 77 sinkholes in the last nine months while constructing its new 184-acre MotorSports Park. This facility, which is adjacent to the museum, will open in August as part of the National Corvette Caravan activities.

Three other sinkholes in the area occurred on the same day as the museum's sinkhole. While there is technology today to build on sinkholes, Strode said one of the possible contributing factors for the local sinkhole activity could have been the more than normal rainfall the area has experienced over the past several years.

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Aerial view of the museum's 40-foot wide sinkhole

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  1. Jack Ballard says:

    Just got the word that the factory tour is closed for 2 weeks . I order a car in Jan and pick it up at the museum with the tour . Paid 900 dollar extra plus 2000 more for airfare, hotel and car rental . Just to have it screwed up so the factory can bring in something secret. They don’t think much of the customer .No refund just screw you for buying our car with tis option.

  2. Rich Eichel says:

    I visited the NCM Tuesday March 11, 2014. Yes the plant was closed for tours; however, the NCM was open. They now have retrieved 5 of the 7 Corvettes that were swallowed by the sink hole. Four of the five were on display in the viewing area, while the fifth (Pace Car) was still behind the plexiglass barrier in the area where the hole occurred. Of the five it received the most severe damage. Pretty much flattened with some damage to the right undercarriage. They are presently trying to shore up the spire and when finished they will remove the remaining two vettes
    If you would like to see some photos I took, go to: http://www.picasaweb.com/cafphotog They are in the first album.

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