A sinkhole repair project on Berkmar Drive has one business owner very frustrated. He says calls to Virginia Department of Transportation went unreturned for three weeks. Wednesday morning, he finally got some answers.
Barry Dofflemyer owns the property adjacent to the construction project. He says he was never contacted about it and the construction is blocking the entrance to his business.
Crews were first on the scene to repair a storm sewer collapse. That fix extended across the street, with some of the road being dug up. One of Dofflemyer's concerns is what's called an existing drop inlet, a slight depression that cars can drop down into when pulling out of the lot.
From the start he says he's just wanted to start a conversation with the state about fixing it, but that conversation took weeks to start. That changed Wednesday.
“They've agreed they're going to raise the drop inlet from where it is now. They're going to correct the problem and bring it up six inches to try elative the drop in the road there and help with the public's travel pattern,” he said.
Those repairs should be made by Friday. Several layers of asphalt have to be applied for the job and the base coat will be completed soon. This means the entrance to Dofflemyers's lot should be open for the weekend.
In regards to not be contacted about the project, VDOT tells me it did notify someone at Dofflemyer's business.