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With sinkhole filled, intersection of Fletcher and Nebraska reopens

TAMPA — The intersection of Fletcher and Nebraska avenues reopened early Wednesday after a sinkhole that had been repaired Monday reopened, forcing officials to close the road.

Repair crews filled the sinkhole, 6 feet wide and 8 feet deep, Monday night. It had appeared that afternoon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

But early Tuesday, sections of the intersection had been closed once more because the sinkhole reopened.

Florida Department of Transportation officials warned that the repairs would not be complete, and the streets would not reopen, until after Tuesday evening's rush hour.

Their estimates fell short, however: The road remained closed until Wednesday morning.

All eastbound lanes of Fletcher, southbound lanes of Nebraska and the northbound exit ramp off Interstate 275 were completely closed Tuesday.

Northbound Nebraska Avenue was reduced to one lane.

Westbound Fletcher Avenue was unaffected.

Repair workers and deputies were on the scene since just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Motorists were advised to take alternate routes to avoid the area.

With sinkhole filled, intersection of Fletcher and Nebraska reopens 09/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:47pm]

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