(WBIR - Knoxville) Repairs are expected to begin next week to a sinkhole that has closed a portion on Kendall Road in West Knoxville.

The sinkhole sits in the middle of Kendall Road, near Gleason Drive. As a result, the stretch of roadway between Gleason Drive and Twining Drive has been closed since December 20.

It's a problem that's been plaguing the city for some time.

"It actually opened up the first time about a year ago and we went in a patched it. It opened up again in the summer time and we patched it. And when it opened up a third time in November it became clear that patching it wasn't going to suffice," said Jim Hagerman, director of engineering for the City of Knoxville.

The City of Knoxville has hired Foundation Systems Engineering to permanently repair the sinkhole. The project will take about six to eight weeks to complete and will cost no more than $250,000.

The closed off section of Kendall Road will remain closed until the repair is complete.

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