On Thursday, February 13 the Museum held a press conference to update everyone on the game plan for the sinkhole. Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction, shared that sinkholes are very common for this area, but that what is not common is for one to swallow eight Corvettes. He stated that it is repairable and the building foundation and structure is in good condition.
The plans for moving forward include securing the sinkhole and surrounding areas so that even if the Museum were to experience future sinkholes nearby it would not affect the Museum. It will take 2-3 weeks to stabilize and secure the area (the red spire, the walls of the sinkhole), after which the process of vehicle recovery will begin. The team will be making sure the sinkhole is safe and that no further damage will occur before starting vehicle recover.
The vehicle recovery process is anticipated to take 4-6 days to retrieve the vehicles. After that, they will replace the earth and floor system.
"We have a good plan and it takes action tomorrow [Friday]," stated Mike. He added that they don't foresee any problems, and that they have accomplished a lot in the past 24 hours.
Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode added their confidence in the process being complete in time for the National Corvette Museum's 20th Anniversary Celebration August 27-30 and the Grand Opening of the NCM Motorsports Park.
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