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Lanes re-open on I-8 in El Cajon after crews repair pothole

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - On Friday afternoon, all lanes were open on Interstate-8 after Caltrans crews worked to repair a pothole that formed after large chunks of concrete fell from the Johnson Avenue Bridge into the westbound freeway lanes around 6:10 a.m. by the Main Street exit.

In the 11:00 a.m. hour, westbound I-8 was reduced to three lanes and traffic was backed up for miles from Johnson to Main Street in El Cajon. Crews said it could take hours before everything is back to normal, but they are hoping to have the hole fixed by rush hour.

"We're actually adding concrete to this area what happened is that a repair from earlier caused damage we're still trying to figure it out. We hope to get it repaired by this afternoon,” said Hayden Manning with Caltrans.

Caltrans said it's missing concrete from the pavement that's roughly about the size of an economy car.

A steel girdle, built into the freeway, prevented pieces from falling onto the street below. No injuries were reported and no vehicles were damaged.

Traffic on the transition from SR-67 to westbound I-8 was crawling as the lanes merge late Friday morning. Five lanes were cut down to three during the repair work. 

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