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UPDATED: Highway 99 closed for emergency pavement repair

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Highway 99 before the Oak Street Bridge in Richmond, B.C. is experiencing heavy traffic delays due to unexpected road work.
UPDATED: Highway 99 closed for emergency pavement repair

According to DriveBC, crews are repairing a large pothole. A portion of the eastbound road appears to have sunken down several feet, making it undrivable.

Various media and social media reports claim a sinkhole has damaged the pavement, but that has not been confirmed.

A representative for the Ministry of Transportation said more details on the incident would be released later today.

 

UPDATE:

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation confirmed that a collapsed culvert is to blame for traffic delays on Highway 99 near Richmond and Vancouver.

A lane closure is now in effect at the Bridgeport off-ramp. The area around the collapse is cordoned off and northbound traffic is now reduced to a single lane until further notice. Ministry staff are working to restore two-lane traffic northbound. Ministry engineers are on site conducting an assessment.  The cause of the culvert failure has yet to be determined. Traffic control signs have been updated to inform the public about the lane closure and potential alternate routes.

by JOC Digital Media last update:Aug 27, 2014

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