TxDOT reopens one lane of I-20 EB; bridge ‘not compromised’ by sinkhole

I-20 Sinkhole Causing Major Delays

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - One lane of traffic has reopened near a sinkhole being repaired along Interstate 20 near Van.

Early Wednesday, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said the outside eastbound lane of I-20 was reopened at Caney Creek in Smith County.

The road’s closure since the sinkhole opened up Monday evening near mile marker 544 has caused traffic congestion, diversion, and delays.

TxDOT working to open one lane of I-20 EB Tuesday night, bridge ‘not compromised’ by sinkhole

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According to Kathi White with TxDOT, a local contractor and TxDOT forces are addressing the issue at the bridge abutment. The bridge was not compromised, White said.

Crews spent the day Tuesday assessing the situation and starting the repairs which include placing a flowable fill under the outside lane.

White said crews will return to work Wednesday morning, making repairs to the inside lane and shoulder area.

“The situation occurred because over time water has seeped in and eroded some of the material from underneath the structure,” White said. “We are currently making repairs to the voids across the entire eastbound lanes as a precaution.”

Motorists are still advised to travel cautiously through the work zone. Crews are working to conduct the repairs expeditiously and safely with completion expected by Wednesday evening. At that time, all lanes will be open and the roadway returned to normal traffic flow.

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