Sinkhole Homosassa US 19

Engineers look into a sinkhole Monday afternoon, Oct. 4, that opened in the middle of the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 in Homosassa. Traffic was being rerouted through a Homosassa neighborhood while alternate plans for vehicles were considered.

A hole opened up within U.S. 19, closing northbound lanes of the highway near the intersection of South Oakridge Drive in Homosassa.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies responded the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 4, to reroute traffic, according to the agency, which expected long travel delays in the area.

Motorists were advised to seek alternative routes.

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Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) crews responded to fix the hole, which widened to take up both the highway's northbound lanes.

Northbound motorists are being rerouted through a Homosassa neighborhood Monday afternoon, Oct.4, after a large sinkhole opened on the busy highway. Engineers are at the location making plans to fix the issue as well as reroute traffic.

FDOT spokeswoman Kris Carson said the agency shifted northbound traffic of U.S. 19 onto southbound lanes, up until the highway's junction with West Cyprian Court.

Carson could not say when repairs would finish.

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