ORLANDO, Fla. – A “ground depression” forced authorities to close a major exit ramp in Orlando, officials said.
The Orange Avenue exit ramp (10B) off State Road 408 was closed Wednesday morning because of the depression. One lane of the ramp was reopened around 11:30 a.m.
Officials said the depression into Lake Lucerne is affecting the bottom of the exit ramp.
“The right lane remains closed as the investigation and repair work continues,” the Florida Department of Transportation tweeted.
A witness said he saw a tree and a light pole get swallowed by the hole.
“All that sound I heard of what I thought was a wreck or something, must have been the Earth falling in and spitting the sand up and across the street,” Daniel Zuchelli said.
He said he reported the hole immediately in hopes of keeping someone from getting injured.
“I called it in because I thought it was going to swallow up a car and I didn’t want to see somebody get hurt or any damage to their vehicle or anything like that,” Zuchelli said.
It’s not known what caused the depression or how long the exit ramp will be closed.
Mills Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail can be used as alternate routes.
This tree fell into the hole that opened at the SR-408/Orange Ave off ramp overnight. A witness tells us he saw the tree and a light pole get swallowed up. https://t.co/RK5sJIJwsg pic.twitter.com/zvgIu6CUbx— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) March 31, 2021
** ORANGE AVE RAMP CLOSED **— Trooper Steve (@TrooperSteve_) March 31, 2021
EB SR-408 to Orange Ave
- ground depression pic.twitter.com/limCNUzEZJ
The left lane on the exit ramp has reopened to traffic. The right lane remains closed as the investigation and repair work continues.— FDOT District 5 (@MyFDOT_CFL) March 31, 2021