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A detour was in place after a 20-foot-wide sinkhole was discovered Monday.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Drivers were delayed Monday on Interstate 81 just north of Lexington after a sinkhole collapsed a portion of the shoulder.
The 20-foot-wide sinkhole was discovered Monday morning on the right shoulder of I-81 north near mile marker 197, said Sandy Myers, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation. That area is where a truck-climbing-lane construction project is ongoing.
The right lane was closed while crews work to fill the sinkhole, Myers said. Passenger traffic was detoured off the interstate and onto U.S. 11 at exit 195 until exit 200.
Myers said the sinkhole damaged underground drainage pipes and may take a few days to fix. A contractor has been called in to fix the pipes, fill in the hole and pave over the site, she said.
VDOT crews expect to open the right lane by Tuesday morning even while they continue work, Myers said.
Drivers should check VDOT's website at 511virginia.org for the latest traffic information before traveling in the area, Myers said.
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