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I-80 fully reopened after sinkhole in Truckee snarls traffic

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.
Margaret Moran / mmoran@sierrasun.com | Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Interstate 80 near Donner Pass Road in Truckee is open to through traffic after a sinkhole shut down lanes in both directions 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.”

One lane in each direction was closed while crews cleaned up the area. The westbound lane was reopened at about 10:30 am., and the eastbound lane was reopened at about 2:30 p.m.

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 deemed the highway “structurally safe” during the closure.

— Sun reporter Margaret Moran contributed to this report.


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