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Interstate 4 expected to open after Friday night rush hour

Reader Jan Kokchak took this photo Thursday evening of traffic signs at Holloway and Mud Lake roads in Plant City. Sinkholes and depressions that closed Interstate 4 and alternate routes have snarled traffic across the area.

Jan Kokochak

Reader Jan Kokchak took this photo Thursday evening of traffic signs at Holloway and Mud Lake roads in Plant City. Sinkholes and depressions that closed Interstate 4 and alternate routes have snarled traffic across the area.

PLANT CITY — The depression that snarled traffic on eastbound Interstate 4 has been stabilized and the roadway should reopen after the Friday evening rush hour, the state transportation department said.

Hundreds of cubic yards of concrete that were pumped into a depression under the highway at Branch Forbes Road have firmed up the ground. Workers will begin paving the affected area Friday afternoon, state transportation department spokeswoman Marian Scorza said.

U.S. 92 has reopened in both directions. Lanes had been closed between Turkey Creek and Thonotosassa roads because of cracked pavement.

On Friday morning, eastbound I-4 remained narrowed to one lane at the site of the depression.

Crews worked day and night to repair the road — drilling holes in the highway and pumping concrete inside to stabilize it.

That meant another hairy commute Friday morning for drivers heading to Lakeland or Orlando from Tampa.

For those having to detour around U.S. 92, eastbound drivers should turn off at Turkey Creek Road and use State Road 574, known locally as Reynolds Street, to get to Alexander Street and back to U.S. 92.

Westbound U.S. 92 drivers can turn onto Alexander Street then to State Road 574 and onto Turkey Creek Road to bypass the trouble spot.

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Interstate 4 remains sluggish near Branch Forbes Road


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Interstate 4 expected to open after Friday night rush hour 01/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 1:35pm]

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