A sinkhole in the northbound lane of Interstate 81 north of Woodstock has been patched, but a permanent fix is coming.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page around 4 p.m. Friday that the Virginia Department of Transportation was in the process of shutting down the left lane of the highway at mile marker 268.4 due to a sink hole. An update at about 6 p.m. stated there was a temporary patch on the sink hole. Traffic had backed up about 4 miles at that point, the Sheriff’s Office posted.

The patch has been closely monitored, VDOT Staunton District spokeswoman Sandy Myers said by email Tuesday.

The sinkhole was about 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep, but a sinkhole’s size is unknown until it has been excavated, Myers added.

More information on the plans for a permanent fix is expected to be released later this week, Myers said.

No information on injuries or damages was included in the Sheriff’s Office’s post or Myers’ email.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com

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Dennis Atwood

Error on the milemarker - 268.4 would be south of the Shenandoah Caverns exit. The Woodstock Exit is 283, so perhaps the sinkhole is at 286.4.

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