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Lanes reopened after sinkhole found on state highway in Saukville

Lanes reopened after sinkhole found on state highway in Saukville

By Melissa McCrady and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Feb 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 1, 2012

SAUKVILLE - The Wisconsin State Patrol says all lanes of State Highway 33 in Saukville have been re-opened after a sinkhole brought about the closure of the highway's eastbound lanes.

Drivers found the eastbound lanes of State Highway 33 (West Dekora Street) closed near South Park Street early Wednesday morning.

"I wasn't sure what was going on," said Wendy Meyer, who lives near the site of the sinkhole.  "I thought it was a water main break.  I didn't know it was a sinkhole."

She came outside to check it out.

"At least (it) isn't big enough to swallow up a car."

Ozaukee County Highway Department workers say the hole was six feet on top, eight feet around underneath.

An official told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady that weather would make the task of fixing the hole a major problem.

"Weather makes a big difference.  Now, we can't do a lot of concreting and this will be a major job to fix," said Patrol Superintendent Bill Tackes, who claimed that old age and salt were to blame.

"Salt eats at concrete.  It will start to rot concrete.  This is overlayed with blacktop, so it kind of sealed that salt out, but in the past, it was concrete, so the salt has been eating at it, and that does make a big difference."

Crews placed a steel plate over the hole as a temporary fix.  In the spring, crews will tear up the road and pour concrete.

Crews were initially unable to find the cause of the hole.