Traffic snarled on I-26 because of sinkhole

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday, July 12, 2013

JEDBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Traffic is 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 beneath a drainage culvert under the highway at mile marker 192 near Jedburg Road.

The sinkhole is in the eastbound passing lane but there is also equipment in the westbound passing lane as crews work to put in sheeting to block water from draining into the sinkhole. A single lane of traffic is moving in each direction.

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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