ORLANDO, Fla. - A ground depression opened up on Wednesday, shutting down the Orange Ave. exit ramp from State Road 408 in Orlando.
A view from SKYFOX shows the depression to be about the size of two to three car lengths. It opened up at the bottom of the Orange Avenue exit ramp next to Lake Lucerne.
SGL construction crews shut down the stretch of road for emergency repairs. They also pulled out a large tree that appeared to have fallen into the ground depression and onto the walkway over the lake.
Crews have reportedly reached into the nearby sewer and climbed into manholes, looking for clues into what caused this to happen. Until they can get an answer to what happened, transportation officials advise drivers to use caution in the area.
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The left lane of the off-ramp is now open but the right lane will remain closed during the investigation and repairs.
In a statement, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said:
"At this time, the right lane on the eastbound State Road 408 exit ramp for Orange Avenue is closed for emergency repairs. The right lane will remain closed as we continue to review the cause, coordinate with local partners, and plan for any necessary repairs. While there is currently no time estimate on reopening the right lane, the left lane of this ramp is open."
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