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Tyler sink hole causes temporary road closure

TYLER, July 24, 2013--On Tuesday afternoon, traffic was backed up during temporary road closures which resulted from a sink hole which opened in the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Front Street, in Tyler.

According to TxDOT Public Information Officer Larry Krantz, a TxDOT crew was dispatched after receiving a report of the sink hole from the Tyler Police Department. The crew attempted to dig inside the hole, but could not determine the cause of the sink hole. The crew did manage to contain the hole, in order to keep it from continuing to cave and widening.

At that point, TxDOT made the decision to cover the hole in order to reopen the roadways to traffic. Krantz says the investigation into the hole is ongoing. “We’re going to have to find another way in,” he said. “We’re going to have to find out what pipe has given way there and who it belongs to before we can move forward.”

The roadway was reopened to traffic early Wednesday morning.

Krantz spoke with KYYK’s Gary Richards about the investigation and the usual reasons for such sink holes. Click below to hear more.


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