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Large pothole closes highway near St. Paul
A pothole measuring up to 10 feet across shut down Highway 219 east of St. Paul Thursday night.
Oregon Department of Transportation crews were called to the location just outside of town to repair the enormous hole that had formed in the middle of the road.
The road was closed for nearly four hours, from around 6:30 to just after 10 p.m. Northbound traffic was rerouted along French Prairie and McKay roads and southbound traffic was detoured around the hole onto River Road and Davidson Road.
"Fortunately nobody ran into the hole," Lou Torres, ODOT spokesman, said. "Its in a lower area where its really dried out now, so sometimes the road changes. It can constrict or get large. Mother Nature does strange things sometimes; it can happen almost year round."
He encourages motorists to always be on the lookout and to report anything suspicious or unpredictable like this pothole.
"We were so fortunate that they saw it, with it still being light," Torres said. "Fortunately nobody ran into the hole."