Inspectors look into underground vaults in Goshen

Courtesy: Elkhart Truth

Courtesy: Elkhart Truth

The city of Goshen will begin searching for dangerous gaps under sidewalks over the next few weeks.

According to the Elkhart Truth, the Redevelopment Commission awarded Blood Hound Inc. a bid last week for ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to help inspect the any vaults that have not yet been examined beneath the city.

Initial inspection of the vaults started in the summer of 2012 after a local inn owner fell through a hole in the sidewalk in front of his business. Those investigating the event determined that the sidewalk collapse was the result of a deteriorated vault beneath the building.

The vaults were used more than 100 years ago to store coal, then later to move and store goods.

Some 47 locations remain categorized as “follow-up, not sure if a vault was backfilled,” meaning they have not been inspected because investigators don’t have access to them.

The radar sends signals into the ground to help identify whether or not any gaps and wholes exist in the underground vaults. Officials say if any gaps are found, building owners can receive help from the city to fill them.

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