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More gaps found under Goshen sidewalks

GOSHEN, Ind. – A northern Indiana city is looking to shore up more of its downtown sidewalks after a company using ground-penetrating radar found dozens of voids underneath.

Officials in Goshen sought 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.

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