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Sinkhole Opens Up Near Stroud On Turner Turnpike

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STROUD, Oklahoma -

A sinkhole opened up on the Turner Turnpike just west of Stroud, blocking off an entire lane.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority had a sinkhole open up in the same spot last year and now the agency knows what is causing the problem.

This most recent sinkhole is causing a lane closure in the westbound lanes about three miles west of Stroud. It is a couple of feet deep and crews dug the rest of the hole out to repair it.

An Oklahoma Turnpike Authority employee actually noticed the hole on his drive home Wednesday around 8:30 p.m.

“With all the rainfall in May, this is the first sinkhole we've had,” said OTA spokesperson Jack Damrill.

The Turnpike Authority had a sinkhole open up in the same spot last summer, but in the eastbound lanes.

“We thought we had solved the problem last year,” Damrill explained. “Obviously it does extend all the way across the road.”

The OTA said a fairly new oil pipeline that runs under the road is causing the problems and recent flooding only made it worse by eroding the dirt.

“The dirt is settling around this pipeline and with all the recent rain, coupled with the new dirt around the pipeline, it's causing holes in this area,” Damrill told News 9.

Crews are trying to get the hole patched because there is more rain in the forecast and traffic could get bad this weekend.

“It does create backups,” Damrill said. “This is in an area just west of Stroud that will see a lot of traffic, so that's why we are trying to expedite opening the lane up quickly.”

Crews have started filling up the sinkhole with fast-drying concrete. They will leave about four inches of space on top of the hole for asphalt. Once the asphalt dries Friday, the Turnpike Authority hopes to have the stretch of lane back open possibly by Friday afternoon or evening.

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