2011-02-10 / Local & State

Sinkholes Shut Down Major Roadway Outside Philly

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) – A massive sinkhole has closed a major roadway that serves commuters between Philadelphia and its western suburbs.

The sinkhole opened up Friday morning in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 202 near the King of Prussia Mall. PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum says crews discovered the void extended into the southbound lanes and closed those in the afternoon.

Traffic is being detoured around the sinkhole but the road is part of a junction of several heavily traveled routes, including Interstate 76. Blaum says about 45,000 vehicles use Rt. 202 every day.

Blaum says excavation revealed broken water and sewer lines that will have to be repaired before the void can be filled and the surface fixed. It could be until sometime Saturday afternoon before all repairs are completed.

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