The mother of all potholes makes Mother's Day surprise

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

A beautiful spring day in May made for a perfect Mother's Day last week. The long awaited spring weather brought people out into their yards and to their favorite places of refreshment. It was a typically busy day at Kaladi Brothers coffeehouse on Kobuk Street in Soldotna, until about 6:00pm when a customer notified the proprietor that there was a serious problem in the middle of the parking lot.

An 18inch-diameter chunk of pavement had disappeared exposing an underground hole of some 6 cubic feet. "It was a good thing it didn't happen when a fuel truck or some other vehicle was cruising through the parking lot," said Dr. Araoz-Fraser, who operates the Soldotna Medical Clinic next door to Kaladi's, "That hole could have swallowed up a rear axle with no problem."

A temporary barrier was set up to keep cars and kids on bikes from falling into the sink whole. The next morning Jack Foster of Foster Construction was called in to dig up the site to find the source of the problem and discovered buried stumpage some 8 feet down had rotted away causing the cave in. The hole was filled with gravel and compacted and will be re-paved as soon as asphalt is available.

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