Highway to hell

3-meter wide sinkhole at Ramat Gan junction causes traffic mayhem

Lanes in both directions of Ze’ev Jabotinsky Street blocked after hole opens in road; police direct drivers along alternative routes; no injuries reported

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A sinkhole that formed in a street in the northern coastal town of Kiryat Yam, January 14, 2019, following rain. (Kiryat Yam municipality)
Illustrative image of a sinkhole in a street, January 14, 2019, following rain. (Kiryat Yam municipality)

A large sinkhole opened on a main road through the central city of Ramat Gan overnight Sunday, forcing lane closures and traffic diversions.

The hole, roughly three meters across, appeared on Ze’ev Jabotinsky Street at the junction with Ben Gurion Street.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to vehicles.

Police closed two lanes from west to east and one of the east to west lanes on Jabotinsky Street. The road is a key artery connecting the surrounding cities to Tel Aviv.

Traffic delays were expected as drivers were diverted to alternative routes. Police asked the public to not approach the area.

Sinkholes are usually formed when supporting layers beneath the ground dissolve causing the surface earth above to collapse inwards.

Every year there are incidents of sinkholes opening up, usually in the Dead Sea area.

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