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Sinkhole closes both directions of Interstate 5 in Central Valley

A sinkhole closed northbound Interstate 5 south of Tracy near Highway 33 on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
A sinkhole closed northbound Interstate 5 south of Tracy near Highway 33 on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. aalfaro@modbee.com

The California Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 5 in both directions south of Tracy due to a sinkhole that was discovered Tuesday.

Crews performing routine maintenance found the sinkhole on the shoulder of the highway. Caltrans closed northbound I-5 at noon Tuesday to investigate the problem and undertake repairs. The agency announced Wednesday evening that southbound I-5 has been closed as well for inspection of the roadway. The highway is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. Friday.

Caltrans said signs are in place directing motorists to detours. Northbound traffic is being diverted to eastbound Highway 132 then northbound on Highway 33 back to I-5.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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