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Aug 12, 2012 1:25 PM by Matt Stafford

Crews repairing sinkhole over old mine shaft near Cripple Creek

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) - Officials say State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek southwest of Colorado Springs will remain closed through Sunday - and most likely most of Monday - after a sinkhole opened over a mine shaft under the roadway.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the highway has been closed in both directions after the hole was reported Saturday morning. The hole is about 5 feet wide under the surface of the roadway and is about 20 feet deep.

Crews are expected to drill in the area to determine how big the mine shaft is so repair plans can be developed. In the meantime, traffic is being rerouted to county roads.

CDOT representatives say they do not know how long the repairs will take.

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