Chevrolet Museum Decides to Completely Fill Sinkhole

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Chevrolet has decided that it will completely fill the sinkhole after all.

“We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit,” executive director Wendell Strode said.

It was originally believed that the National Corvette Museum would leave the sinkhole as part of an exhibit after a massive sinkhole opened last February, swallowing eight cars. The museum’s board of directors have now voted to fill in the entire hole, reversing course on its original decision. According to museum officials, the option of leaving part of the hole open lost favor due to increased costs of safety features.

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In order to keep a part of the hole, it is being reported that workers would have to install 35-foot-tall retaining walls and inserted beams in the hole to prevent future cracking. All said and done, costs amounted to nearly $1 million. Ongoing maintenance was also another concern that caused the museum’s board to vote towards completely filling the sinkhole.

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[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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