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New depression closes eastbound lane of MLK Blvd. in Valrico

A road crew directs traffic around a possible sinkhole or depression beneath the roadbed Thursday morning on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just west of Valrico Road.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

A road crew directs traffic around a possible sinkhole or depression beneath the roadbed Thursday morning on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just west of Valrico Road.

TAMPA —-- This time it's Valrico with that sinking feeling.

Officials have closed the eastbound lane of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just west of Valrico Road, because of a depression in the pavement, Department of Transportation officials said.

A road crew is directing motorists through the work zone as repairs are made. U.S. 92 is an alternate route, officials say.

Earlier this week, two more depressions were found several miles away on eastbound Interstate 4 exit ramps — one at Branch Forbes Road on Monday and another at southbound Alexander Road on Tuesday.

The Branch Forbes Road exit reopened Thursday.

Southbound Alexander Road remains closed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

New depression closes eastbound lane of MLK Blvd. in Valrico 01/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:57pm]
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