Roads Close in Montgomery County Due to Sinkhole

Updated: Bruce Johnston, chief of the Division of Transportation Engineering with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation said crews are working to open Father Hurley Boulevard later this week.

According to Johnston, a collapsed culvert running underneath the road is what caused a massive sinkhole.  A replacement pipe is currently being designed that will be set in the road within the next few moths.

Crews, however, will be working to open Father Hurley Boulevard by the end of the week with what Johnston called, “flowable-fill.” The cement type of material will be pumped into the broken culvert, and once the material hardens, placed back into the road.

“It’s important for people to understand that we’re not going to open the road until we feel it is safe for travelers,” said Johnston

Original Post: Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg will be closed in both directions between Frederick Road and Clopper Road due to a sinkhole in the roadway.

This marks the second sinkhole found in the county from over the weekend. Both directions of Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown are closed between Beaconfield Terrace and Wynnfield Drive due to a large sinkhole as well, according to tweets from Montgomery County Emergency Management.

Both roads will be closed until further notice, so drivers should seek alternative routes. Local traffic on Game Preserve Road, however, will be permitted.

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Mitti Hicks

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Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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