UPDATE: Sinkhole patching problem delayed reopening of 29 North

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Northbound Route 29 in northern Albemarle County reopened Wednesday afternoon after a sinkhole opened up under the road Tuesday morning and work to repair the hole had problems.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the initial asphalt pavement that was used to patch Tuesday's sinkhole did not set correctly and was too soft to hold vehicles.

"It was just too hot, too much volume," said Joel Denunzio of VDOT regarding the level of asphalt that was poured. "We reduced the volume that we put in. We used more stone, which was more room temperature, ambient air temperature when we put it in. The asphalt is reduced about two-thirds of what we were putting in last night."

The sinkhole opened early Tuesday morning just north of the intersection with Airport and Proffit roads.

VDOT says engineers and the asphalt contractor were at the location to assess the situation and determine how best to proceed in order to fix the issue Wednesday morning.

Now that the patch has been completed, the road reopened just before 4 p.m.



 
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