Pothole repair work jams traffic for miles on I-35W through Fort Worth

Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A large pothole in northbound lanes of Interstate 35W near the U.S. 287 cutoff to Decatur and subsequent repair work caused a massive hours-long traffic jam Thursday.

At times, the tieup stretched about 12 miles back through downtown and farther south.

NBC 5 reported that the pothole was caused by recent rain flowing beneath the pavement and causing soil to shift.

Police Capt. Charles Ramirez, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said at 10 p.m. that highway crews were still working on repairs, which had reduced traffic flow to one lane.

He noted, however, that traffic at that late hour wasn’t as bad as it had been five hours earlier.

NBC 5 reported that highway crews hoped to have the job done by midnight.

A state highway spokesman couldn’t be reached to comment.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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