UPDATE: Traffic chaos on Highway 99 after culvert collapse
WATCH: More than 68,000 vehicles use Highway 99 daily and today it’s been a mess of delays near the Oak Street Bridge thanks to a culvert collapsing. Darlene Heidemann has more details on when it’s expected to be fixed.
Traffic on Highway 99 heading into Vancouver was backed up for kilometres this afternoon because of a large sinkhole that suddenly appeared this morning.
A draining pipe known as a culvert collapsed near the northbound Bridgeport off-ramp around 8:30.
Vehicles were reduced to a single lane heading north as crews work to restore the area. Two lanes are now open after crews moved the barriers in the middle of the highway into an unused section of the road to create a second lane.
Traffic control signs are in place, but drivers are being warned to expect lengthy delays.
The crews managed to jack up the culvert to prevent it from collapsing further.
The ministry of transportation says the cause of the culvert failure has yet to be determined.
It is not clear how long it will take to repair the culvert.
According to the provincial government, more than 68,000 vehicles use the highway daily.
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