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Sinkhole blamed for closing stretch of Route 26 between Princeton and Ohio

Posted by wlpo on July 16, 2015

A sinkhole has been confirmed to be the reason behind the closing of a stretch of Route 26.

More than 10 miles of the highway between Ohio and Princeton was abruptly closed Monday for what the Illinois Department of Transportation initially called a “pavement failure.”

According to IDOT, the sinkhole – located about two-and-half miles north of Interstate 80 ¬– was probably caused by a nearby field tile going bad, combined with recent heavy rains.

IDOT said it’s hard to say how long the closure will last, but it will most likely last 2 to 3 weeks.

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