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Sedgwick County officials have been watching a couple of sinkholes that have existed north of Clearwater. The sinkholes are near 135th St. W. and 79th St. S.
County public works director David Spears said the sinkholes were caused by underground salt formations that have been dissolved by moisture.
Spears says the sinkholes are not threatening any property or roadways, but the county has hired an engineering firm to drill holes and determine if there could be an impact on a future project to improve 135th. The county wants to create a wider two-lane roadway for 135th in the next couple of years.
The road on 135th has been closed south of 79th St., and only local traffic is allowed in the area. Spears said the road will be closed for about two weeks. The closing is because of the tests that are being made, not because of the sinkholes.