Sinkhole repairs on I-24 to be extensive and cost more than $850,000

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to repair a sinkhole on Interstate 24 in Montgomery County early next month and drivers should prepare for some delays. 

Work began Monday to create a temporary one-lane road on I-24 eastbound at mile marker 9.4. Traffic will be routed to this alternate road while the work is being done. 

The actual sinkhole repair work will start on Friday, September 7. Crews will excavate the sinkhole down to the bedrock and install what TDOT calls geotextile fabric. Then they’ll fill the hole with solid rock. 

That section of I-24 should reopen on the morning of Monday, Sept. 10. 

In the meantime, TDOT crews are monitoring the area to watch for any safety problems. If the road becomes hazardous, the interstate will be shut down to eastbound traffic. 

The sinkhole opened up during the heavy rain that came when Hurricane Harvey passed through last fall. 

The emergency repair contract was awarded to Parchman Construction and the cost will top $864,000. 

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