Chevrolet to restore Corvettes damaged in sinkhole collapse - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Chevrolet to restore Corvettes damaged in sinkhole collapse

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chevrolet announced Thursday it will oversee the restoration of the eight Corvettes damaged in a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum.

Once the collectibles are recovered from the sinkhole, they will be shipped to Mechanical Assembly, a GM-operated design shop in Warren, Mich.

"We know that these cars represent significant milestones, not just in our history but in automotive history," said Corvette plant manager Jeff Lamarche.

"And no one has a better understanding of their significance and what it takes to properly restore these than the engineers and designers at Chevrolet where they were developed."

It will take construction crews four to six days to retrieve the vehicles, which are fully insured with Chevrolet.

But before that process begins, construction officials say crews must spend two to three weeks to stabilize and secure the Skydome area.

Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction, says his company will be overseeing the repairs to the Skydome and the retrieval of the Corvettes. He says the building foundation is in good condition, noting that the sinkhole was confined within the dome.

Murphy says sinkholes are common in the area, since Mammoth Cave is 25 miles from the museum.

"This situation is really not any different from [other sinkholes], this one just swallowed eight collector Corvettes, so it's really unique," Murphy said.

Once the cars are retrieved from the sinkhole, crews will replace the earth and the floor.

Crews will begin repairs Friday.

Asked if he had a timetable for the project's completion, Wendell Strode, executive director of the Corvette Museum, said the target date is the museum's 20th anniversary celebration in August.

"It'll absolutely be business as usual," Strode said.

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