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Ironbridge has a ‘hole’ lotta trouble

Ryan Graff

One hole at Ironbridge Golf Course and Sporting Community doesn’t need a pin. You can see it just fine without one. At 2 a.m. Sunday an Apex security guard called course maintenance and management to report a 12-foot-wide sink hole in the asphalt parking lot near the course cart barn. By Wednesday the hole had grown to the size of a three-car garage and crept under the cart barn wall. “We had to rescue a couple of golf carts,” said Ironbridge project manager Mike Woeoke. The sinkhole likely was caused by a drain pipe that ran about 12 feet beneath the parking lot and now juts into the void of the hole, said Woeoke. A joint in the pipe, which drained from the clubhouse area and parking lot, may have leaked, he said. The grade of the pipe was also going in the wrong direction, he said. “What we thought was going out here,” he said, motioning down to the middle of the Roaring Fork Valley, “was going straight down.”Ironbridge had a backhoe and drilling rigs out working on the problem on Tuesday. “The real problem is this Eagle Valley bedrock dissolves in water,” said HP Geotech geologist Art Puck, who had been hired by Ironbridge. Eagle Valley bedrock is found throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, he said, and can dissolve away for years before anyone notices. “This was going to happen either way,” said Puck, but the extra water from a leaky pipe likely sped things up. Ironbridge is currently building homes on the course, but they are not concerned about the new home construction, said Woeoke. The course and the homes will be built by different developers and all homes are built and designed to prevent soil settling, he said. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent.com


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