Sinkhole Repaired, Route 50 Reopens in Annapolis

UPDATED: June 5, 2014 7:20 a.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Road crews have reopened a stretch of busy U.S. Route 50 in Annapolis after a three-foot sinkhole opened up on the highway.

All lanes of the highway reopened Thursday morning. Crews worked overnight to fill the hole with stone to stabilize the road and installed a concrete patch on the surface.

Maryland State Police say the hole opened up about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials closed a mile-long stretch of the eastbound lanes of the highway. The closure had been expected to continue into Thursday’s commute.

A Maryland State Highway Administration team of engineers, geologist and technicians responded immediately to reports of pavement missing between the left and center lanes. The team has concluded the deterioration of a metal pipe associated with a drainage system along the roadway caused the collapse.

The hole was several feet deep, but crews made emergency repairs.

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