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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Fast-growing sinkhole snarls I-75 traffic as two southbound lanes remain closed

A large sinkhole opened up on Interstate 75 just north of Williston Road on Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of two lanes and snarling traffic for miles.

A sinkhole estimated to be 15 feet wide and 12 feet deep can be seen on Interstate 75 in this photo provided by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The sinkhole opened up Friday afternoon, forcing the closure all southbound lanes just north of Williston Road.

The sinkhole, which was estimated to be at least 15 feet wide and possibly 12 feet deep, is on the west shoulder of the roadway at Mile Marker 382. It started out as a small depression around 4:30 p.m. and grew quickly, officials say.

Deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office quickly arrived at the scene and were soon joined by Florida Highway Patrol troopers. The left lane near the sinkhole remains open, but traffic is backed up as the center and outside lanes are closed. FHP troopers are encouraging motorists to avoid the area if possible.