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Branch Forbes exit from I-4 reopens after road depression repaired

PLANT CITY — The Interstate 4 exit to Branch Forbes Road reopened Thursday night after officials repaired a roadway depression there, first feared a sinkhole.

The exit to southbound Alexander Street remains closed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It's not known when that exit will reopen.

The eastbound lane of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just west of Valrico Road, in Seffner is still closed after Department of Transportation officials found a depression there Wednesday.

Motorists can use U.S. 92 as an alternate route as officials make repairs.

A DOT spokeswoman said the lane could reopen after rush hour Friday. It would be open by Saturday morning at the latest, she said.

Those closures followed dozens of other depressions and sinkholes reported in the area — a side effect of farmers' heavy pumping after a nearly weeklong freeze.

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Branch Forbes exit from I-4 reopens after road depression repaired 01/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 12:53pm]
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