All lanes reopened on eastbound I-8 after water main break causes sinkhole near Hotel Circle
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — All lanes of Interstate 8 in Mission Valley reopened Friday morning after being closed for over 14 hours after a water line ruptured causing a geyser that flooded the freeway.
A water line ruptured underneath the southern edge of Interstate 8 in Mission Valley Thursday causing a massive geyser that flooded the freeway, caused a sinkhole to form in the pavement and shut down the eastbound lanes freeway. California Highway Patrol reopened all lanes around 7 a.m. Friday.
A massive geyser of water began spraying several stories into the air on the south side of I-8 near Hotel Circle South shortly after noon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The surge from the failed 30-inch-diameter transmission pipeline soon excavated a sinkhole about eight feet wide in the roadway, forcing a closure of all eastbound lanes in the area.
SB & NB I-5 connectors to EB I-8 are closed. Nimitz, Mission Bay Dr, and Sport Arena on-ramps to EB I-8 are closed. #SDCaltransAlert
— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) September 14, 2017
The CHP also shut down all onramps and connectors leading to the flooded stretch of freeway.
With traffic backing up heavily for miles around, authorities directed the stranded motorists to turn around and double back on the southern shoulder, then exit at Taylor Street.
Utility personnel had the overflow halted by 3:30 p.m., city spokesman Arian Collins said. About 2 1/2 hours lager, the CHP and Caltrans reopened two of the four eastbound lanes in the area.
As of early Thursday evening, city officials still had no estimate for when repairs to the pipeline and roadway would be complete.
The main break likely was related to three others that occurred late this morning in close proximity to each other in the nearby Morena area, Collins said.
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