Following massive potholes recently opening up in place they typically shouldn't, some experts are calling for a national study to assess the risk and potential remedies. Associated Press (AP) staffer Roger Schneider reports that sinkholes caused by infrastructure failure are becoming a bigger problem.
According to a review by The Associated Press of media coverage, there were 39 significant sinkholes from December through April in various cities across the country. Water and water systems are not receiving the replacement that they need due to a lack of funding. This maybe playing a role in the increase of sinkholes caused by infrastructure failure:
"We're way underfunded on these systems," said Greg DiLoreto, who heads the group's infrastructure committee. "That's causing more and more of these pipe systems to fail. In Washington, D.C., for example, they're using pipes that were installed during the Civil War."