Hole in Florida road reveals historic brick road, drainage structure

June 8 (UPI) — Crews repairing a hole that opened up in a Florida road made an unexpected discovery — a historic brick road and a terracotta drainage structure.

The Oviedo Historical Society said crews repairing the hole that opened Sunday in State Road 434 in Seminole County started digging at the site and discovered the previously unknown road and structure.

The Florida Department of Transportation, which started managing the roadway in the 1950s, said the brick road and drainage structure don’t show up on any of its local records or maps.

The Oviedo Historical Society said photos show a dirt road in the location in the late 1800s. Desta Horner, the society’s vice president, said the brick road was likely used by farmers in the 1920s.

“Now, whether the layer of brick went through all the way to Sanford, there’s some proof that it did,” Horner told WKMG-TV. “There’s some proof of other brick like this, by Layer Elementary and farther down SR 419.”

The Historical Society is collecting bricks and other artifacts from the road and structure, while FDOT officials said they hope to have repair work completed by Saturday.

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