A sinkhole on U.S. 224, between Ohio 99 and 598 east of Willard, has forced state officials to close the road until further notice.
Christine Myers, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), said a culvert that runs along the road and a CSX railway collapsed due to the amount of rain Wednesday night.
A motorist noticed the sinkhole Thursday morning and contacted a state Highway Patrol trooper, who in turn called the Huron County maintenance garage.
County officials then informed ODOT, which took over the case. The road in New Haven Township was closed between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The 30-foot by 30-foot sinkhole also forced the closure of the railroad tracks, since a passing train could cause the sinkhole to widen.
Myers said there’s no known timeline for fixing the sinkhole, but the road is expected to be closed at least a week.
“We have to get a contractor out to repair that area,” she said. “We’ve got the road closed for the public’s safety.”
While sinkholes can form, they’re not common, Myers said.
The detour for eastbound motorists will take them on Ohio 99 north to Ohio 103 east to Ohio 598 south; westbound motorists should take the reverse route.