Smith Road open, giant hole filled

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Crews worked all day Friday, filling a giant hole caused by Thursday night’s heavy downpours. That hole closed part of Smith Road near the Fort Wayne International Airport.

The stretch of Smith Road between Lower Huntington and Yohne Roads is now open.

However, it was a headache for some all day Friday.

It all started Friday morning when the Allen County Highway Department’s barn supervisor was driving that way and notified crews of the problem.

According to the Director, Bill Hartman, the road is built over a sandy area. Since the storm drainage couldn’t keep up with Thursday night’s extreme rains, the water washed away all the sand.

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The hole was 40 feet across and 25 feet deep.

Crews had to bring in about 100 loads of gravel to fill it.

“It can be very dangerous, this could cave in at any time, one lane of the road could just disappear at anytime because it’s under mined a couple feet back under the edge of the road right now,” said Hartman.

NewsChannel 15 noticed several drivers who were forced to turn around and figure out a new way to get to their destination. Drivers were encouraged to use Engle Road instead.

Crews said there weren’t any prior problems and this should be a permanent fix.

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