GW Parkway open to traffic, sinkhole repaired

Crews are racing to repair a sinkhole on southbound GW Parkway.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- All lanes are open on southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway between Route 123 and Spout Run Parkway after repairs to a sinkhole were completed Tuesday night, the Federal Highway Administration said.

"Repairs to the SB George Washington Parkway are complete, hours earlier than expected," the Federal Highway Administration tweeted out.

"The George Washington Memorial Parkway Closure rerouting motorists from entering onto the GW Parkway from Rt. 123 has been lifted," the United States Park Police said.

All the lanes are open for the Wednesday morning commute.

The sinkhole closed the road and impacted the morning and afternoon commute on Tuesday. It appeared to be approximately 6 feet wide on the surface, but a U.S. Park Police spokesperson says it was actually 10 feet wide and 5 feet in length. Crews were able to stabilize the hole, and then started filling it back up.

U.S. Park Police officials say the sinkhole was discovered when officers responded to a four-vehicle accident at approximately 6:51 p.m. Monday. The vehicles were able to avoid the hole. Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Park Police personnel believe that water may have caused the sinkhole.

Traffic going southbound was diverted onto Route 123, officials said. Road crews closed all lanes starting at Rt.123 and then pushed cars even farther back to the Beltway.

Southbound George Washington Parkway was open south of Spout Run. All northbound lanes are open, and President Obama drove right by the sinkhole on his way to Bethesda Tuesday.


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