Repair continues on I-65 sinkhole

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Keep your fingers crossed for the I-65 sinkholein that it may be fixed by next week's end.

Traffic has been snarled for three weeks after the sinkhole developed.

Alabama  Department of Transportation spokesman, Tony Harris, says sinkholes remain a problem for North Alabama with limestone deposits. Repair crews have worked on the problem for most of the three weeks.

Thursday, those crews began the process of starting to fill the sinkhole.

ALDOT has drilled down about 40 feet so far. Still, they have to go another ten feet. "If the weather cooperates and the other findings as we continue to escavate look okay to us. We should have the sinkhole filed and traffic shifted back to normal patterns by the end of next week. Hopefully we will not be closing any more lanes." Harris said.  

The biggest factor to determine the deadline is the weather.

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