UPDATED: December 2, 2014 8:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Repairs to a sinkhole on the George Washington Memorial Parkway were completed Tuesday evening and the road is now open to traffic, federal highway officials say.
Repairs to the SB George Washington Parkway are complete, and it is now open to traffic - hours earlier than expected.—
Federal Highway Admn (@USDOTFHWA) December 03, 2014
The sinkhole led the southbound lanes of the roadway to be closed between Route 123 and Spout Run Parkway Tuesday morning. All northbound lanes were open.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the sinkhole was about 10 feet wide and 5 feet long.
Federal Highway Admin tells me paving on GW Parkway should begin this afternoon, temp fix so road reopens by tomorrow a.m.—
John Domen (@JDonWNEW) December 02, 2014
Federal Highway Administration spokesman Doug Hecox said they were working to come up with a temporary fix as soon as possible.
“You’ve got tens of thousands of people that count on that route every day,” Hecox said.
Hecox says fluctuating weather probably turned the pothole into a sinkhole.
“That sort of thing which can serve existing potholes badly by making them bigger and it’s possible… in fact it’s probable that that’s what caused it,” Hecox said.
Hecox says the crew that had been doing work on the Clara Barton Parkway has been brought to this issue to do a temporary fix with a more permanent repair happening soon after – most likely on the weekend when traffic is lighter.
Park Police gave the following recommendations for alternate routes from I-495 into D.C. and to Reagan National Airport:
– 495 to Exit 31 Eastbound 97 (Georgia Ave.)
– 495 to Exit 33 Eastbound 185 (Connecticut Ave.)
– 495 to Exit 41 (Clara Barton Parkway)
– 495 to Exit 50 Rt. 50 (Arlington Blvd) towards DC
– 495 to Exit 52 (236) follow to North Washington Street go north to DC or Airport
– 495 to Northbound 395
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