One eastbound lane of I-70 has reopened near Rifle after being shut down for hours because of a sinkhole.
CDOT officials say the hole was discovered Wednesday night near mile marker 81 between the Rulison and Rifle exits. Both eastbound lanes of I-70 in the area were shut down by 7:20pm.
Officials say when crews discovered the hole it was 6 feet in diameter and 8 inches deep, but after excavation Wednesday night, it grew to 35 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep -- giving crews the ability to make sure there were no other voids in the road.
CDOT says it believes water buildup around a pipeline that runs under the interstate is to blame for the hole. Officials say Williams Production, who owns the line, has been on scene with CDOT crews all day making repairs.
Crews reopened the right, eastbound lane of I-70 in the area right around 6:30pm Thursday. Officials say although the sinkhole has been repaired, the left lane will remain closed Friday and possibly into next week, to allow Williams to make additional repairs.
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