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UPDATE: Repairs complete on sinkhole along Route 283

Updated: Sunday, March 9 2014, 11:46 AM CDT

PennDOT has completed repairs on Eastbound Route 283 in Lower Swatara Township, Dauphin County.

All lanes are open to traffic again.

UPDATED at 10:12 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 8:

PennDOT tells CBS 21 that construction crews cut and removed a portion of the concrete pavement and found a large void under the centerline of the eastbound roadway measuring roughly 8 feet in diameter and 5 feet deep last night.

The crews excavated the hole to a dimension of 36 feet long, 16 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

According to PennDOT, no throat to the sinkhole was found and the crews filled the hole with seven loads of large rocks and 36 cubic yards of concrete.

PennDOT says that they placed subgrade and subbase material over the area and this morning poured concrete for a new concrete pavement slab and are now waiting for the concrete to cure.

PennDOT told CBS 21 that it is possible that eastbound Route 283 may reopen sometime tonight.

Reported by Kyle Rogers:

MIDDLETOWN -- Mother Nature has taken a toll on some major roadways in our area and now PennDOT will be working throughout the weekend, trying to make those repairs.

A section of major roadway will be closed for the weekend.  CBS 21’s Kyle Rogers drove the detour Friday night to help you get around.

Usually this place would be bustling with traffic, now, nothing.

PennDOT shut down 283 East about an hour ago, and there's nothing convenient about the detour we had to take to get around it.

We're about to head on to 283-east, but the easiest way is closed.

You see, there's a big sinkhole that opened up right near the fast lane. Now, you'll have to go another way.

So to head toward Lancaster, usually we'd take 283 Eastbound, but instead were going to have to get off at Highspire.

Not too far off the ramp, were getting onto Eisenhower Blvd. and in case you get confused, don’t worry. PennDOT does have some detour signs. 

Turn onto Eisenhower Blvd. and go straight down the road where we'll pick up Fulling Mill Road.

PennDOT crews have the cones set up ready for all the traffic.
We’re about to make a right to go towards North Union Street instead of 283, we go on Fulling Mill Road for a few miles where we pick up 283.

Be observant, because there may be people walking.  If that is you, walking on the side of the road, put on some reflecting gear.

Though it's no 283, the side road will handle most of east bound 283's traffic, a route that carries 26,000 cars daily.

Minutes later we see the crews ahead as we make a right to Union Street.

Just a short trip down Union Street and finally we can make it on 283 east and be on our way.

So if you come through this area this weekend,  be prepared.

A lot of traffic and back-ups are expected, and there may be a lot of confusion too.

Give yourself some extra time.

PennDOT hopes to have it repaired by Monday morning.UPDATE: Repairs complete on sinkhole along Route 283

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