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Japan’s quick sinkhole fix shows us what efficient infrastructure looks like

  • Hannah Yi
By Hannah Yi

Video Journalist

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

The Japanese lived up to their reputation as efficient and productive this week, putting infrastructure projects in other countries to shame.

A sinkhole swallowed up a five-lane intersection in the city of Fukuoka last Tuesday morning (Nov. 8). The gaping chasm was 30 m (98 feet) long, 27 m wide, and 15 m deep, almost half the size of an Olympic swimming pool. It took crews two days to fill and cover the sinkhole, then a couple more days to conduct safety tests. The street officially reopened yesterday (Nov. 15).

Watch the video to see Japanese crews restore a sinkhole to a fully functionally road in just a week’s time.

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