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Penn State's Eisenhower Parking Deck closed due to sinkhole

"Road closed" sign in front of road to Eisenhower Parking Deck
Sydney Roach
Eisenhower Parking Deck and the street in front of it were closed Aug. 16, 2023 after a sinkhole was found near the front of the structure, according to a Penn State spokesperson.

Eisenhower Parking Deck on Penn State's University Park campus is closed after a sinkhole was reported near the front of the deck, according to Penn State spokesperson Wyatt DuBois.

"Engineering teams from Office of the Physical Plant are on site to evaluate the structure and determine next steps," DuBois said.

DuBois said the area was closed "out of an abundance of caution." Text alerts around noon announced the closure and asked people to avoid the area.

DuBois said engineers from the Office of the Physical Plant have determined it is safe for some people to remove their vehicles, but some may be unable to move their vehicles if they are too close to the sinkhole.

Penn State said University Police and Transportation Services staff are helping permit holders remove their vehicles.

Anyone currently parked inside Eisenhower Deck is asked to meet at the lawn south of the Millennium Science Center. Permit holders will be guided to the deck to remove their vehicles.

Penn State says permit holders can park at any other campus parking deck or the Commuter lots for the rest of the day. Some vehicles may not be able to be removed due to safety concerns, according to a Penn State alert. For anyone whose vehicle cannot be removed, Transportation Staff will help with transportation home tonight and to campus tomorrow.

DuBois said this is a developing situation and that more information will be shared as it becomes available.

This week is move-in week for University Park students.

Sydney Roach is a reporter and host for WPSU with a passion for radio and community stories.