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Sinkhole at National Corvette Museum to be filled

The cars that fell into the sinkhole are back on display in their un-restored state. The cars that fell into the sinkhole are back on display in their un-restored state.

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) - A 30-foot deep sinkhole that opened under eight Corvettes on display in the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum in February will be completely filled.

The decision was announced Saturday morning by the museum's Board of Directors. Although the sinkhole draws visitors, it would be more costly to safely preserve it than to fill it.

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Keeping a portion of the hole open for museum visitors was the original plan, but "after incorporating additional safety features and vapor barriers for humidity control, the price tag rose to $1 million more than the cost to put the Skydome back how it was," said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode in a press release.

Structural safety features needed to preserve the sinkhole, such as micro piling, steel beams and soil nailing, would change its appearance drastically, making it no longer look natural, the board added.

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The sinkhole will remain open to the public through the Vets 'n Vettes event at the museum November 6 - 8, 2014.

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