The 2-foot by 3-foot hole opened Wednesday morning on a lane of Interstate 95 just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge was patched just in time to reopen the highway for the afternoon rush hour.
The hole opened about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing a traffic backup across the river beyond the Interstate 10 interchange.
The hole is in the center southbound lane that is part of the land bridge carrying I-95 over Hendricks Avenue, but a second lane was also closed to facilitate repairs.
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No injuries were reported, but it created a bottleneck during Tuesday morning's rush hour.
"Backed-up beyond comprehension," was motorist Daren Dillinger's description. "There were emergency vehicles that were passing by and it was just bumper to bumper."
The first report about the problem came from a construction worker underneath the highway that concrete was falling from the overpass.
The Florida Department of Transportation said as crews worked to get the hole repaired, more of the roadway crumbled, enlarging the hole and making it more difficult to fix. The work was completed about 4:45 p.m. and all lanes reopened.
This isn't the first time the bridge has needed to be patched. Goldman says the entire land bridge is slated to be replace in a massive construction project that will begin in January.