OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Emergency repairs on a massive pothole on southbound I-880 in Oakland were finally completed at around 10:15 p.m. Friday. The pothole snarled traffic for several hours in an area south of I-980 and was discovered nearly 12 hours earlier at around 11:30 a.m.
California Highway Patrol had issued a severe traffic alert as the 4 by 3-foot pothole shut down the freeway's three left lanes.
Repairs on SB I-880 in Oakland are nearly complete & concrete is in the final curing phase. All lanes will be reopened soon. Thank you to the hard working women and men who worked to repair the roadway & to @CHPoakland for your assistance. @CaltransHQ pic.twitter.com/J1e1oIOVSt— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) July 20, 2019
CHP Oakland issued an update at 3:36 p.m. to say that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would maintain a hard closure of lanes 1 through 3 until about 7 p.m., but the problem persisted as crews worked throughout the night to make emergency repairs.
**Traffic Advisory** I-880 southbound, over Jackson Street has a 4ft by 3ft pothole. Lane #3 is closed for an indefinite amount of time while CalTrans responds for an emergency repair. Please plan to use alternate routes. Be safe! pic.twitter.com/P0PmeiPejd— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) July 19, 2019
"Several cars drove through that scene prior to CHP arriving there and probably suffered some damage," said CHP Sgt. Adam Barresi.
Motorists experienced delays and had to use alternate routes to avoid the area.
In the interim, tractor trailers were allowed to use eastbound I-580 as an alternate route.
Caltrans spokesperson Lindsey Hart said maintenance crews were filling the pothole. She said they appreciated everyone's patience as repairs were made.
Later in the evening, Caltrans followed up with another apology on Twitter where they included a link to a form for motorists to submit and file a damage claim for $10,000 or less.
As of 9:10 p.m., Caltrans said the emergency repairs were nearly complete, but it would be more than an hour before the roadway would finally reopen completely to traffic.
We apologize to anyone inconvenienced by a large pothole today on SB I-880 in Oakland. Crews are working to complete emergency repairs & reopen lanes ASAP. If your vehicle sustained damage, please file a claim with Caltrans @ https://t.co/CyDhLEFxa6 @CaltransHQ @CHPoakland— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) July 20, 2019
We apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced by this today. Our dedicated crews responded quickly to address the matter & begin emergency repairs, which are nearly complete. If your vehicle sustained damage, please file a claim with Caltrans @ https://t.co/ZSEebZgXEv— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) July 20, 2019
Skyfox flew overhead during the evening commute and saw the massive, gaping hole in the roadway. Commuters could be seen sitting in the traffic snarl, backed up to Emeryville as it stretched for miles.