JEDBURG, SC (WCSC/AP) - Traffic was snarled for miles in both directions on Interstate 26 because a sinkhole opened between Charleston and the junction with Interstate 95.
Transportation Department spokesman James Law says fast moving water washed out the soil under a drainage culvert under the highway at mile marker 192 near Jedburg Road. Motorists experienced delays since maintenance work started earlier this week.
The sinkhole is in the eastbound passing lane, but there is also equipment in the westbound passing lane. Crews spent Friday covering the hole and putting metal sheeting under the west and eastbound lanes to keep more water from flowing in. Law expects engineers to have a timeline of repair by Monday.
"Whether the culvert is broken, or, whether it's just the field dirt underneath it washed away, it's all due and caused by the amount of rain we've had lately," says Law.
The sinkhole was first reported July 5 and repaired. The problem has worsened. The sinkhole now is about the width of an interstate lane and about 25 feet long.
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