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Caltrans Fixes Sinkhole to Keep Traffic Moving On I-5



Caltrans News Flash #82

Date: June 6, 2016
District: Headquarters
Contact: Greg Lawson
Phone: (209) 942-6062
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

STOCKTON - In this Caltrans News Flash, you're taken on location to see how a small sinkhole on the shoulder of Interstate 5 in San Joaquin County led to a shutdown of both sides of the freeway for five days. Watch how Caltrans investigated the problem and determined a true fix to ensure a safe roadway for the motoring public for years to come.

Originally discovered during routine maintenance on Tuesday, May 31, the sink hole measured approximately one-foot in diameter by 10-feet deep. As Caltrans began excavating the area to investigate the cause, it found a 40-year-old, abandoned irrigation pipe that expanded under both sides of the freeway. As a result, both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 had to be closed for repairs to ensure the integrity of the roadway.

This video may also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/vdeCwXOe3uQ.

This News Flash is the 82nd in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz).

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