Massive Sinkhole Opens on GW Parkway Forcing "Several Days" of Closures

Another huge headache is coming for commuters who use the George Washington Memorial Parkway Northbound lanes due to another huge sinkhole opening up and damaging the roadway.

The National Park Service issued a report on Saturday which reads:

Both northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway will remain closed from Virginia 123, Chain Bridge Road, to I-495, the Capital Beltway, for the next several days as the National Park Service (NPS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) work stabilize a sinkhole near Dead Run.

The report goes on to say that a 60-year-old, 40 foot deep brick inlet seems to have failed. Repair workers will attempt to conduct stabilization of the area, but heavy rain in the immediate forecast could slow down or delay the work. They are hoping to have one Northbound lane open in time for the morning commute on Monday.

Engineers hope to repair the road well enough so that it is safe for drivers, then they plan to look at a long-term fix. This long-term fix will also require Northbound lanes on the GW Parkway to be closed.

In March, another sinkhole opened around the same area of the parkway. The long-term fixes would ideally alleviate the future concern of dangerous sinkholes from opening.


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