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I-80 sinkhole prompts lane closures, slows traffic

Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A 3-foot-wide sinkhole that developed Friday morning in Truckee, California forced the closure of two lanes along Interstate 80, officials said.

Th 8-foot-deep sinkhole opened around Donner Pass Road during a paving operation early Friday morning.

According to The Department of Transportation, east- and westbound lanes on I-80 will be delayed during the shutdown. The closure could affect commuters heading to and from Sacramento and Bay areas.

Workers are currently assessing the situation to make the necessary repairs. Authorities attributed the concavity to a corroded culvert underneath the ground.

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