More gaps found under Goshen sidewalks

GOSHEN The city of Goshen is looking to shore up more of its downtown sidewalks, after a company using ground-penetrating radar found dozens of voids underneath.

Officials commissioned the survey after a business owner was hurt last summer when a sidewalk collapsed and he fell several feet into an old basement area.

City inspectors had found about 60 open areas below sidewalks - some of which they had supports added. City engineer Dustin Sailor tells The Goshen News the new inspection found about 10 more possible voids.

The weak spots are caused by underground vaults, which were used more than 100 years ago to store coal and later to move or store goods.

Sorg Jewelers is among the businesses where crews are making repairs to secure the sidewalks. Store owner John Sorg says last year's accident was a freak occurrence, but he'd rather be safe.

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