Rockland has a long history of limestone quarries and if you drive along Old County Road from one end of Rockland to the other and into Thomaston you’ll see them on both sides of the road. What’s interesting, I think, is that the road was built over these tunnels that run between quarries. Given that they line the length of Old County road – I wonder how many more are just waiting to open up.
It’s taken a few weeks to figure out how to repair the “state’s largest pothole” (perhaps the countries?) as contractors can’t just dump dirt or cement into the hole as the tunnel carries storm water into the quarry. Just last week it’s been decided large boulders will go in first so the water can flow around and then filled in. So they are now removing any pavement left over the hole making the size grow to 65 feet deep, 25 feet wide and 120 feet long!
In the meantime, just to show you the fun we are having with it, there is now a Facebook group called “Survivors of the Rockland Maine Sinkhole” complete with eye witness accounts and photos. It’s fun to live in a small town!
Oh and if you’re looking for photos – WMTW has a slideshow of the sinkhole earlier on. And of course more updated photos if you join the Facebook group.