One lane of I-24 East closed in Clarksville because of sinkhole - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

One lane of I-24 East closed in Clarksville because of sinkhole

Posted: Updated:
A sinkhole has closed one lane of I-24 East near exit 8 in Clarksville. A sinkhole has closed one lane of I-24 East near exit 8 in Clarksville.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A sinkhole in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 near Clarksville caused quite a scare for commuters Tuesday morning and continues to slow traffic Tuesday evening.

One lane of eastbound I-24 was closed near exit 8, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates it will reopen by 9 p.m.

A passing driver first spotted the crumbling asphalt right before rush hour. The driver saw what appeared to be a large crack forming along the yellow line on the shoulder of the interstate about 6 a.m. and called police.

TDOT crews believe it started at a draining ditch where the ground caved in to the asphalt.

"After they dug out all of the loose dirt, it was actually a 25- by 50-foot sinkhole that needed repair," said Amy Fiscor, with TDOT maintenance. "We will secure it, put rock back in and put geo-textile fabric back on top."

Sinkholes are becoming more and more common in the Clarksville area, where there are about 20 to 30 a year.

Officials with the streets department blame poor drainage and the fact that the limestone under the surface of the ground is so soluble.

To be on the safe side, road crews inspected up and down the interstate Tuesday to make sure there were no other possible sinkholes.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • One lane of I-24 East closed in Clarksville because of sinkholeMore>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Autopsies done on 7 Utah babies found in garage

    Autopsies done on 7 Utah babies found in garage

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:32:52 GMT
    The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released.More >>
    The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
  • Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:54:05 GMT
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.