One I-80 lane reopened after sinkhole in Truckee snarls traffic | RecordCourier.com

One I-80 lane reopened after sinkhole in Truckee snarls traffic

Staff report
Caltrans workers examine a sinkhole that formed during a paving operation on Interstate 80 near Donner Pass Road in Truckee last Friday morning. One lane in each direction was closed for several hours as crews worked to patch the hole, which was reportedly about 3 feet in diameter and more than 8 feet deep. No one was hurt in the incident. Last Friday, the Sun posted this photo on its Facebook page and asked for the best caption. Jack Forbes' "Truckee's newest tourist trap!" got the most likes and was the winner.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Westbound lanes are fully open on Interstate 80 near Donner Pass Road in Truckee after a sinkhole snarled traffic early Friday morning, Caltrans officials said.

“The sinkhole developed in the center median around Donner Pass Road during a paving operation early this morning,” according to a 5 a.m. statement from the department. “The sinkhole is estimated to be approximately three feet in diameter and more than eight feet deep.”

While one westbound lane was closed due to the incident, it was reopened to through traffic at about 10:30 a.m., according to the department. An eastbound lane remains closed while crews work on the incident.

What caused the sinkhole was unknown Friday morning. No one was hurt in the incident.

Pete Mann, California Highway Patrol public information officer, said Caltrans has deemed the highway “structurally safe.”