Engineer: Beware of Dead Sea sinkholes

"[The government] waits for a catastrophe and doesn't attempt to prevent it."

February 12, 2006 21:56
Engineer: Beware of Dead Sea sinkholes

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"The road to the Dead Sea is a ticking bomb and at any moment a sinkhole could open up and cause the road to collapse and endanger those who drive on it," said Doron Shilo, a member of the Engineer's Union, in a statement Sunday. According to Dr. Shilo, maps that predict the route of sinkholes clearly show that the route intersects with the road. Shilo was a member of an interministerial committee that looked into the phenomenon four years ago and made recommendations to the government. While there are road signs warning drivers not to pull onto the shoulders along the road, there are no signs that warn of possible sinkholes along the route of the road itself, he said. According to Shilo, a committee set up to look into the issue from an engineering point of view suggested that the road be repaved with special sheets that would prevent the road from collapsing should a sinkhole open up underneath. However, so far nothing has been done to implement the suggestion, he said. "Just like Pal-Kal [ceiling collapse], like earthquakes, [the government] waits for a catastrophe and doesn't attempt to prevent it," said union head Yoav Sarna.

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