Nine Mile Road Reopens After Being Closed By Sinkhole

July 4, 2022

UPDATE 2:25 pm: The Florida Department of Transportation has made repairs and reopened all lanes of Nine Mile Road.

Nine Mile Road in Escambia County was closed earlier Monday between University Parkway and Scenic Highway due to a sinkhole, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The sinkhole developed in the westbound lanes of Nine Mile Road.

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15 Responses to “Nine Mile Road Reopens After Being Closed By Sinkhole”

  1. Patricia Booker Short on July 7th, 2022 11:04 am

    too funny

  2. Patricia Short on July 6th, 2022 9:52 pm

    History Lesson
    First between University Pky and Scenic Hwy is about 1 to 1.5 miles. Did they expect it to eat up that distance?

    2nd back when 9 Mile Rd was a 2 lane Rd not well traveled there were sink holes in the woods and there are still sink holes/quick bogs in the woods of UWF.

    I know this because I grew up in these woods. We knew where every sink hole and quick bog was.

    The small strip mall at the entrance to UWF on 9 Mile Rd, it had a coffee shop a nail salon and ??? that was a swamp/marshy land, they brought in Red Clay and filled in the swamp/marshy land and built that bldg. Eventually the swamp is going to reclaim its land.

  3. Sam Streetwatcher on July 6th, 2022 2:55 pm

    …still not smooth…give it a week. LOL.

  4. David Huie Green on July 6th, 2022 11:53 am

    “This is not a sinkhole!”

    I have fished in sinkholes.

    Maybe he means, “That’s not a sinkhole, THIS is a sinkhole,” picturing Crocodile Dundee explaining a smaller knife wasn’t REALLY a knife.

    It still counts even if you can’t fish in it or even if it fails to swallow your house.

    (And Cyrus is indisputably correct.)

    David for better sinks

  5. Janet on July 5th, 2022 1:10 pm

    @ Mr. Jonathan Owens
    An impressive copy and paste
    Bravo bravo!!!

  6. Fence Jumper on July 5th, 2022 11:26 am

    Its obvious something is going on at this spot. It has already been patched at least once. Throwing more asphalt in the hole is just treating the symptoms. Either a storm drain pipe is leaking and pulling all the dirt into the storm drain or it a tree stump rotting that was paved over years ago. Dig it all up and fix it from the bottom up.

  7. Cyrus on July 5th, 2022 12:45 am

    Never saw a hole that wasn’t sunk.
    Sinkholology 101

  8. Grams on July 4th, 2022 9:27 pm

    Idk what is is but we hit it yesterday and it felt like a BIG sinkhole

  9. Soobee on July 4th, 2022 8:11 pm

    Looks like this one has been patched before. Thanks William Reynolds for definition. I’ve called them sinkholes also.

  10. concerned on July 4th, 2022 7:15 pm

    with all the heavy rains we have had and the fact it’s poor drainage systems and the fact so many people moving down here the roads are falling apart faster than they can repair or replace . this is only the beginning of many more sink holes our trees have been leaning every where Accross pensacola and other Florida areas . if we get a direct hit with a hurricane it’s going to be a nightmare for florida. I’m very concerned not only about the roads but rotting trees over people’s homes. trees leaning over roadways gonna need a chainsaw to cut your way out? I but wait there won’t be any gas . pumps closed.

  11. Citizen on July 4th, 2022 4:58 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realize we had so many geologists in this town! I’m not even mad, im actually impressed!

  12. William Reynolds on July 4th, 2022 4:45 pm

    “This is not a sinkhole!”

    The Florida Highway Patrol called it a sinkhole.

    It meets one of the definitions in Websters as a sinkhole.

    Webster’s Dictionary:

    1: a hollow place or depression in which drainage collects
    2: a hollow in a limestone region that communicates with a cavern or passage
    3: SINK sense 2
    4: something (such as an unprofitable investment) that steadily drains money or resources

    An example sentence from Webster’s Dictionary:

    “On, Montgomery County’s transit system, made route changes as a result of the sinkhole and told riders the detours could be in effect for two weeks”

  13. Jonathan Owens on July 4th, 2022 4:11 pm

    This is not a sinkhole!

    What is a sinkhole?
    A sinkhole is a depression in the ground that has no natural external surface drainage. Basically, this means that when it rains, all of the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface.

    Sinkholes are most common in what geologists call, “karst terrain.” These are regions where the types of rock below the land surface can naturally be dissolved by groundwater circulating through them. Soluble rocks include salt beds and domes, gypsum, limestone and other carbonate rock. Florida, for instance, is an area largely underlain by limestone and is highly susceptible to sinkholes.

    When water from rainfall moves down through the soil, these types of rock begin to dissolve. This creates underground spaces and caverns.

    Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a period of time until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces, then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur.

    This is a failure to maintain our basic infrastructure requirements. Collapse roadways like this in the Western Panhandle are only because some sort of utility function has failed!

  14. Mark on July 4th, 2022 3:42 pm

    What caused this sink hole? Looks funny…

  15. Stranger Things on July 4th, 2022 2:52 pm

    It’s the upside down!