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Stretch Of I-40 Closed After Sinkhole Found

Posted November 17, 2006 10:43 a.m. EST

— A stretch of Interstate 40 near Garner was closed Friday evening after a 6-inch sinkhole was discovered on the roadway.

Department of Transportation officials said the hole was discovered about 7:40 p.m. in the eastbound lane of I-40 at mile-marker 308. The stretch of I-40 East

from U.S. 70 to N.C. 42 in Garner

were shut down as both DOT and Raleigh workers repaired the damage.

According to DOT officials, I-40 eastbound traffic is being rerouted onto U.S. 70 to NC 50 to N.C. 42 and then back to I-40 East. There is no word yet on when the stretch of interstate will reopen. Travelers are encourage to call 511 or check the state's

traveler's information Web site

for updates.

Officials said that utility work in the area may have caused the sinkhole to open on the roadway. Despite the relatively small size of the hole, authorities said it could potentially endanger vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed on the interstate, necessitating the closure.