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.