TxDOT: Repairs on I-20 near Caney Creek are complete; all lanes now open

TxDOT: Repairs on I-20 near Caney Creek are complete; all lanes now open
A Sinkhole formed on I-20 in Van Zandt County.

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that the repairs on Interstate 20 near Caney Creek in the Van area are now complete.

“ALERT: The repairs are complete, and all travel lanes of I-20 at Caney Creek are open and normal traffic flow resumed,” a tweet from TxDOT’s Tyler office stated. “Safe travels.”

The road closure was ordered after a sink hole opened up Monday evening near mile marker 544. The sink hole caused traffic congestion, diversion, and delays.

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

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 in a previous story. “We are currently making repairs to the voids across the entire eastbound lanes as a precaution.”

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