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UPDATE: Bridgeport Burger King Reopens After Faulty Drain Pipe Collapses

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Update: 10/31/13

The Burger King in Bridgeport is once again officially open to the public after a month of being closed.

Filling the hole in the parking lot has been completed after a faulty drain pipe collapsed, causing the hole to form.

One of the managers at the store said renovations were made while the store was closed and the employees weren't out of work during that time.

"The stores around us like the Rosebud and Newpointe stores they opened up availability for our employees to go and help and for the managers where ever we were needed we went," said Liz Perine, Burger King Manager.

Update: 10/18/13

As of Oct. 18, crews were still working to repair the hole that appeared in the Bridgeport Burger King's parking lot on August 28.

Burger King remains closed while the hole is being fixed.

Update: 10/4/13

Crews were back at working repairing the parking lot of a local restaurant.

The Bridgeport Burger King has been closed since September after a hole appeared in the parking lot.

The hole formed after a faulty drain collapsed.

An employee found the hole as he arrived at work.

No word yet on when the restaurant will reopen.

Update: 10/1/13

Excavation crews are fixing a sinkhole at the Bridgeport Burger King after a faulty drain collapsed in the restaurant's parking lot in August.

Construction crew members said they will replace about 100 feet of the culvert pipe with 96 inch wide metal pipe.

They said the project could take up to four weeks to finish.

The Burger King is now closed indefinitely.

Update: 9/3/13

The authorities are blaming a faulty drain for a hole located in the parking lot of the Burger King in Bridgeport.

Burger King has reopened its drive thru lanes and said traffic patterns there are back to normal.

There is no word on when the hole will be repaired and no estimate on how much it will cost.


Engineers have been on the scene of a hole that formed in the parking lot of the Burger King in Bridgeport since Wednesday, trying to figure out how to tackle the problem.

Burger King District Manager Larry Ellis said it started when an eight foot culvert collapsed.

"They'll be able to lay this heavy rock and start stacking it against the walls, the dirt and stuff to stabilize the ground so it doesn't erode anymore. We're also going to be pulling debris out so we'll be able to open up the flow of water so it doesn't back flush and we can get the soil erosion to stop and stabilize the hole," Ellis said.

Ellis said workers with the city of Bridgeport diverted water lines so no Meadowbrook Mall businesses lost their water supply.

He also said Burger King will remain open during the repairs unless it becomes unsafe for the public.

Officials said Friday that the hole is approximately 20 ft. deep and is 25 ft. in diameter.  Crews made the hole bigger to install a steel box and rock to help stabilize the hole.  Crews will be working to repair the faulty drain, although its unclear how long it will take to complete the repairs.



Original story

A faulty drain collapsed in the Burger King parking lot in Bridgeport Wednesday morning, causing a hole in the ground, according to Tom Wilson, Assistant Director of Operations at Burger King.

A Burger King employee said he discovered it on his way into work Wednesday morning.

Wilson said when the drain collapsed, it took soil with it and everything was washed away. He said that there is no safety issue at this time.

Officials said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

Burger King remains open at this point.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.