December 1, 2005
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are near completion of the massive sink hole on Rt. 29, that has created traffic in southbound lanes.
Crews have worked throughout the night to finish the project by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The sink hole is believed to come from heavy rain on Tuesday night, that caused a pipe to burst underneath Route 29, and close all but one lane of traffic.
"A sinkhole is more common over in the valley than it is on this side of the mountains. It's not unheard of but it's pretty uncommon. Certainly one this size is very uncommon," said VDOT Spokesman Lou Hatter.
Heavy traffic is expected on Rt. 29 southbound. Alternatives include Northfork Research Park, Airport Road, and Earlysville Road.