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Concrete patch added to I-44 sinkhole

Concrete patch added to I-44 sinkhole

Tulsa World

By MATT BARNARD World Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2010 8:04 AM
Last Modified: 6/3/2010 10:08 AM

An overnight rainstorm delayed repair efforts to patch a large sinkhole that opened across a stretch of Interstate 44 on Wednesday evening, leaving the timetable for repairs uncertain, according to a bulletin issued by transportation officials.

Work crews had been sent to the hole – a roughly 12-foot-wide gap west of Lewis Avenue – to evaluate the damage and begin the repair process. Efforts are still under way but the repair was slowed because of a storm that brought rain to the Tulsa area.

Meanwhile, drivers are encouraged to avoid the area between Peoria Avenue and Lewis Avenue and traffic is being diverted onto other nearby highways.

Westbound traffic is blocked at the Broken Arrow Expressway and eastbound lanes are closed at U.S. 75, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said the stretch of I-44 could be reopened by Thursday afternoon if the weather permits, but it's not immediately clear how long the repairs will take... FULL ARTICLE


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