All lanes going northbound on Interstate 5 between the Avenida Vista Hermosa and Camino de Estrella exits in San Clemente are open after authorities reopened the area on Tuesday afternoon, March 21.
At 8:50 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials received a call for the roadway bubbling in an area four feet in diameter just south of Camino de Estrella on the I-5, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesperson.
Officials shut down the HOV and left lanes for a stretch less than a quarter of a mile to avoid a sinkhole developing, authorities said.
Caltrans District 12 informed drivers of the temporary closure on Twitter at 11:09 a.m.
Caltrans officials then drilled and drained the roadway, deeming it safe to travel at around 3:30 p.m.
Authorities will monitor the freeway going forward.
This is a developing story.
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