Part of I-85 roadway in Spartanburg Co. 'sinking in' - FOX Carolina 21

Part of I-85 roadway in Spartanburg Co. 'sinking in'

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The stretch along I-85 that is "sinking in." (Mar. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina) The stretch along I-85 that is "sinking in." (Mar. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina)
What the two inch crack looks like along MM 73-72 along I-85. (Mar. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina) What the two inch crack looks like along MM 73-72 along I-85. (Mar. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Some Upstate drivers have complained that a portion of Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County is "sinking in."

Part of the roadway between mile marker 73 and 72 along the southbound center lane have sunk about two inches and part of the road is buckling.

On Thursday, South Carolina Department of Transportation officials were out looking at the problem, delaying some morning drivers' commutes.

"I was afraid that if someone tried to change lanes at nighttime and didn't see that, they could go down," driver Keith Lowrey, who noticed the gap and reported it to FOX Carolina, said. "And I felt it was a concern for anyone who rides a motorcycle."

SCDOT engineers said it is a problem that is all too common along the interstate because of water.

Maintenance engineer Brandon Wilson said they call it a "sink in" because water seeps underneath the concrete, causing it to settle in and settle down.

"It's not fine," Wilson said. "Obviously there's a maintenance issue we need to address."

He said that stretch of the interstate is prone to these problems and are getting patched up all of the time. The fix typically costs upwards of $250,000.

Engineers said it will get fixed, but in the meantime, they said the cracks are not a danger to drivers. They do advise motorists to use caution while driving in the area.

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