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I-26 sinkhole causing major traffic congestion

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Traffic on I-26 West snarls for miles due to a sinkhole. Traffic on I-26 West snarls for miles due to a sinkhole.
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If you are traveling I-26 east bound into Charleston prepare for delays.

Interstate 26 sinkhole could cause traffic delays for days

A sinkhole reported earlier this week is still causing trouble. SCDOT's James Law says the average delay near exit 192 is about an hour and a half.

Law said the hole is caused by all the heavy rains which washed out dirt and a culvert under the interstate.

The hole is about 25-feet long. Officials have placed temporary support under the roadway for the short term.

The depth of hole is still not known. Officials say they must first keep the water from rushing in.

The big delays at this time are caused by the massive  crane on the highway lowering sheets of steel pilings in place around the sinkhole.

Officials say they are damming up the area around the hole to stop the water. Once that is complete the water can be pumped out and the damage can be assessed and repaired.

And there is no quick fix to the traffic troubles the hole is causing. Highway officials say the average speed along a roughly 5-mile stretch is 26 mph.

Law says the work damming up the hole should be complete sometime Saturday. But it will not be over because the problem will have to be fixed and there is no telling how long that will take.

The one certainty is to expect big delays on I-26 in the coming days.  

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