Sinkhole closes Bellevue street, upsets residents

Posted at 11:17 PM, Aug 09, 2017

For more than a month, a small sinkhole has created a big headache for residents in this Bellevue neighborhood.

"It's one of the main entrances into this neighborhood," said Jonathan Kinkle, who lives at Rising View, a rental community for civilians and military members.

He said Lockburne Drive between 34th and 36th streets has been closed off since tornadoes struck June 16, and that nobody has come out to fix it.

"And even more frustrating for residents, what was once a quick trip to exit Rising View now takes them twice as long," Kinkle said.

"I live right on 36th, so in order to get out of the neighborhood itself, you have to go all the way down, go left down the school, and you have that busy intersection on Capehart,” he said. “So it's just made getting out of here a complete nightmare."

Unclear who is responsible for fixing it, Kinkle said he's heard it won't be fixed until September or October.

“With how much it's eroded underneath the actual street, it's probably a good decision to close it all off, because when you look down, a lot of the road has been eroded away,” he said. “From a safety perspective, it's probably the right call; it's just frustrating that it's taken this long to get it fixed."

Bellevue City Councilman Paul Cook told me the neighborhood is Offutt Air Force Base property, and that the base is responsible for fixing the sinkhole.

Both Offutt and the leasing office at Rising View have not responded but did not hear back.

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