UPDATE: There were more road problems in Rhea County on Tuesday.

A sinkhole formed on Highway 27 at Walnut Grove Church Road, closing one lane and backing up traffic.

Ryan Skinner works a mile from the sinkhole. He knew to avoid it after seeing multiple posts on Facebook, saying it's concerning how many road problems there are in Rhea County.

"I know everybody has been coming in here and talking about how awful it is and they've had to figure out how to go around. It was backed up. The detour was even backed up all the way. And I've had people say they started to go on the detour and then they had to go back on the main road because it was so backed up. And it wasn't worth it,” Skinner said.

Skinner says his family lives close by, and couldn't avoid any of the traffic.

"It's horrible. My sister lives just up there at the light, and she wasn't able to really to go anywhere earlier when it was first going on,” Skinner said.

Officials say the sinkhole was discovered early Tuesday morning and TDOT crews responded immediately. They say the sinkhole created a six foot gap between the road and the ground.

Another sinkhole formed off of Highway 58 last month.

Skinner and all other drivers Channel 3 talked to say they are ready for these issues to end.


ORIGINAL STORY: All lanes of Rhea County Highway at Walnut Grove Road in Dayton are open Tuesday night after a sinkhole shut down the northbound side earlier in the day.

TDOT crews assessed the hole and repaired the road.

Northbound traffic was diverted to the shoulder while repairs were being made, causing a mile-long traffic jam.

Dayton city officials say work to the road was finished and the lanes were reopened around 8:50 p.m.

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