If you have been trying to get to the James River Park’s Pump House Park in the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed the concrete barriers and signs directing drivers away from the low-traffic roadway. The road has been damaged for months after an SUV was swallowed by a sinkhole during a ghost hunting group held an event at the Pump House March 6, 2010. It will be at least two months before the repairs will be made, according to Angela Fountain, public information manager for the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities:
Pump House Road has been closed since mid-December 2010 due to a failure of the roadway over a damaged storm sewer. The road was closed with fencing and jersey walls because it continued to deteriorate with each rainfall event. The safety of citizens driving on it and pedestrians walking on it was foremost in this decision. This project has been given a high priority. The repair is currently being advertised for construction, so as yet there is no exact repair time. DPU engineers anticipate construction beginning in mid to late February. The work includes storm drainage improvements and road repair.