An I-80 sinkhole caused major traffic delays in Truckee, California on Aug. 23. According to The Inquisitr, the sinkhole wasn't very big -- only about 3 feet wide -- but it caused a lot of backup because two lanes on the road had to be closed for safety precautions. With one lane of traffic moving in either direction, the backup was pretty serious.
"The cause of the sinkhole is unknown but it reportedly opened up on Friday morning during a paving operation near Donner Pass Road. Construction crews are currently examining the sinkhole to determine what repairs were needed to reopen the highway," The Inquisitr reported earlier today.
The I-80 sinkhole also caused a lot of rubber-necking -- people who were driving by slowly so that they could look at what all of the fuss was about. This only caused even more traffic and the route ended up being a major downer for people who were trying to get places. The highway is expected to be reopened at 6 p.m. local time which is in less than one hour. You can imagine how the commute has been for people trying to get to work -- and now trying to get home. And apparently this was a long time coming...
"Water invasively tries to find its way through things and doesn’t always make it through culverts, as much as we try… It has been developing for a while. Not something that developed over the week," said Caltrans spokeswoman Rochelle Jenkins.
The I-80 sinkhole caused more of a headache than anything else. Hopefully once it's cleared up traffic starts moving as usual.
© Effie Orfanides 2013