Sinkhole closes lanes of U.S. 19

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 19 about five miles north of State Road 24 in Levy County will remain closed through Wednesday while repairs are made to a sinkhole that developed in the inside lane Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Crews working on adding paved shoulders and resurfacing U.S. 19 discovered the sinkhole.

DOT contacted the current contractor on the road resurfacing project, APAC-Southeast of Jacksonville, to provide grout to fill the hole and asphalt to temporarily place over the impacted area.

The sinkhole is about 12 feet in diameter and approximately 8 feet deep. About 50 yards of grout -- a mixture of cement, sand and water -- is being placed in the hole to bring it back up to the roadway level.

During the traffic diversion, the speed limit is reduced to 35 mph and law enforcement will remain at the road closure throughout the night and until the road is reopened.

Motorists can call the DOT Road Information Hotline (888-558-1518) to get updates on when the road is reopened.

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