By Matt Wiley

Drivers can once again travel smoothly along Kinnan St. in the Live Oak Preserve and Cross Creek areas after a possible sinkhole that closed down a section of the road on August 24 was determined to be only a “depression.”

According to the Hillsborough County Public Works Department, the indentation recently appeared in the roadway on Kinnan St. between the intersection of Bassett Creek Dr. and Oak Preserve Blvd.

Steve Valdez, a spokesperson for the Public Works department, says that the indentation was originally thought to be due to leaking water pipes. However, it has since been determined that this is not the case.

“Crews from Ardaman & Associates, Inc., our consultants, determined that the indentation is just a depression, not a sinkhole,” Valdez explains. “But yes, we’re going to keep our eyes on it.”

Valdez says that crews performed geo-tests to make sure that the suspicious indentation that disrupted traffic for Live Oak and Cross Creek residents for days was not, in fact, a growing sinkhole.

While crews worked to fix the roadway, drivers in the Live Oak and Cross Creek communities were unable to access Oak Preserve Blvd. from Kinnan St. Until the road was repaved, Oak Preserve Blvd. was only accessible from BBD.

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