Workers fill in Rostraver sinkhole near Route 51 |

Workers fill in Rostraver sinkhole near Route 51

Paul Peirce

A once-expanding sinkhole along a busy stretch of Route 51 in Rostraver no longer worries PennDOT, municipal officials and passing motorists — because it no longer exists.

The crater that had been inching toward the state highway near a storm drain, reportedly growing more than 10 feet deep, was filled with gravel Friday by a Morgantown contractor, Commercial Builders Inc.

A worker, Don Sparks, anticipated the work to be completed by early afternoon. He referred further inquiries to BFS Foods in Morgantown, which owns the site of the Sunoco gas station and Burger King restaurant near the interchange of Interstate 70 and Route 51.

BFS officials did not return a call seeking comment. The sinkhole had consumed a portion of the parking lot and was surrounded with traffic cones.

Township manager Jeff Keffer this week said the sinkhole began appearing about eight years ago but was on private property. He said it wasn’t repaired because of a dispute between neighboring property owners over a storm water pipe that collapsed in 2011.

In addition to the Sunoco gas station and restaurant, Farnham & Pfile Construction Co. is near the site.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Sinkhole in Rostraver that was subject of years-long dispute was repaired Friday, March 8, 2019 by nearby property owner, BFS Foods of Morgantown, W.Va.
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