A sinkhole that closed the southbound lane of Highway 41 near the north end of Oakhurst is expected to be repaired by Friday afternoon, Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth said.
The sinkhole, 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep according to Burkarth, was first reported about 1:10 p.m. Thursday shortly south of Hodges Hill Drive, in front of Yosemite Gateway Restaurant.
The highway’s southbound lane was closed a few hours later, with traffic diverted into the center lane, allowing traffic to pass through unimpeded.
Burkarth said the cause of the hole hasn’t been determined yet, but may be a result of rainfall throughout the winter.
Through Friday, Caltrans crews who began work at 5 a.m. will fill the hole with base rock, top it with slurry, and once dry, the lane will reopen.
Drivers are asked to exercise caution and “Slow for the Cone Zone” as they move through the construction area.
The sinkhole is the second in less than a month to break open in the Mountain Area, following a hole in Coarsegold May 17. Click here for that story.