BURTON, MI — City workers were busy Wednesday afternoon working on a sinkhole that opened up on Center Road near Bristol Road that has redirected traffic in the area.
The two-lane section of road heading south on Center Road, right in front of Green Thumb Grow Shop at 3496 S. Center Road, where the hole four feet in diameter opened up will likely be closed until Tuesday, said DPW employee Chris Howser.
A Genesys PHO building was opened on Center Road in mid-2010, but amidst the plans was a connection to a county-operated, 30-inch water main across the street.
“It has to do with the water line that Genesys crossed under the road,” said Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko. “They bored right through the middle of our storm sewer pipe.”
Doug Marschke, the city’s utility supervisor, said the move created a gradual comprising of the road over the past two years, until a Burton police officer noticed the hole earlier this week.
A manhole is being placed in the area to act as a conduit to the county’s water main. Plans for the work were previously approved by the city, Marschke said, but he did not comment on specifics of the plan.
Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko said officials are investigating the incident, and they are working with Genesys to correct the issue.