California

Sinkhole shuts Highway 165 near Stevinson until Friday

Both sides of Highway 165 at Canal Street in the Stevinson area could be closed until Friday, due to a sinkhole in the southbound side of the road, Caltrans officials said Monday.

The sinkhole was discovered around 4 a.m. Sunday, and the affected section of road caused damage to at least one vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol’s website.

“Right now crews are assessing the sinkhole and making some repairs until they can do the pavement portion, which is (happening today),” Angela Daprato, Caltrans spokeswoman, said Monday.

Daprato said if crews find additional problems, the highway could be closed past Friday. Detours have been set up at Westside Boulevard on the north end of the road, and Highway 140 on the south end. Motorists in the area should expect 10-minute delays.

Daprato said the immediate repairs to the road will be a temporary fix. The affected section of road will be permanently fixed after Nov. 1 as part of the ongoing $13.9 million Highway 140/Highway 165 Stevinson Rehabilitation Project, she said.

As part of the rehabilitation project, Daprato said additional pavement repairs will be made to the roadway, the shoulders will be widened and utility poles will be relocated. The rehabilitation project began May 27 and covers Highway 165 from Highway 140 to just south of Westside Boulevard. The project will also correct the roadway slope, Daprato said.

Motorists with concerns that the sinkhole may have damaged their vehicles are being directed to the California Department of Transportation claims department at (209) 946-7864, or email d10.claims@dot.ca.gov.

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