NEW PORT RICHEY – Monitoring and testing of a depression discovered off Little Road north of State Road 54 on Oct. 5 continues as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Pasco County Emergency Management updates.
The hole, which expanding to 46 feet in width and 130 feet in depth over the weekend, remained that size as of Tuesday's update.
It is still wholly on private property and has damaged portions of westbound Spring Haven Boulevard, just off Little Road. The depression is affecting two private properties: the Spring Haven Homeowner's Association and the Varsity Club sports bar and restaurant.
The Varsity Club had to shut down briefly, but has opened back up for business.
Pasco County Emergency Management determined that more underground testing is needed in the public right-of-way around the site of the depression to determine the best course of action, if any. The update reports that ground testing over the weekend shows two small areas of disturbed soil under Little Road and the sidewalk, located to the northeast of the depression.
Engineers will now perform deeper ground penetrating radar testing and bore sample testing to get a clearer picture of the soil conditions. Data from the second round of testing will help the county formulate a plan to address the area affecting the public right-of-way.
A roughly 120-yard stretch of the right, southbound lane of Little Road was closed off to traffic around on Oct. 9 and it remains that way as of Tuesday.
The county reported the affected property owners have hired engineering firms to address the situation. A private contractor has to determine the cause of the depression when private property is affected. Since Little Road is endangered, the county has needed to also step in.
County crews set up a chain-link fence around the depression and is urging people to avoid the area.