GW Parkway reopens after repairs made to 30-foot sinkhole

Sinkhole on the GW Parkway. (Photo: U.S. Park Police)

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA/AP) - Repair work was completed hours earlier than expected on a 30-foot sinkhole that shut down a major stretch of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and snarled traffic for much of Tuesday.

Supervisors with the Federal Highway Administration reopened the parkway southbound between Route 123 and Spout Run Parkway around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. One lane was open to traffic overnight. All lanes reopened to traffic just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Initially, repair delays caused by rain that fell throughout the day led crews to believe it would be Wednesday morning before any lanes could reopen.

The sinkhole, which the Virginia Department of Transportation had estimated was about 30 feet wide and 30 feet long, was discovered along the parkway just south of Route 123 late Monday.

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