Patched Up, River Road Reopens Sooner than Expected

By Dan Schere posted June 3rd, 2019 on www.bethesdamagazine.com

Malfunctioning drainage pipe caused sinkhole to form near Potomac

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

River Road between Esworthy Drive and Longacres Preserve Court near Potomac reopened Saturday afternoon after a sinkhole formed Thursday and forced an emergency closure.

The sinkhole was caused by a malfunctioning drainage pipe, according to Shantee Felix, a spokeswoman for State Highway Administration, which maintains River Road.

“Our crews had to excavate the road, remove pipe, backfill, resurface and stripe,” she said.

Recent heavy rains in the Washington area have been blamed for several road problems, including a weeklong closure of the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s northbound lines near McLean, Virginia, a route used heavily by commuters, after a sinkhole formed.

Detours were put in place around the work on the two-lane road, which carries about 3,500 cars a day in the area.

Crews had estimated the repairs might last into this week.

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