Sinkhole in Strykersville closes Route 78
The New York State Department of Transportation warns that there is a sinkhole on Route 78 near Minkel Road in the Town of Strykersville.
Route 78 in that area is closed, in both directions, until further notice.
UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: Department of Transportation officials say Route 78 is closed to thru traffic between Elm and Perry roads. On the surface, the sinkhole seems minimal – about as large a 20-inch bike tire – underneath the road, however, is a hollow approximately 15 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
Highway officials were on site this afternoon evaluating the roadway and believe the heavy rain overnight contributed to the issue.
UPDATE 3:51 p.m.: Press release
New York State DOT officials advise motorists that a portion of Route 78 (Strykersville Road) between Minkel and Welch roads in the Town of Java, is closed to traffic for road repairs. Repairs will be made south of Minkel Road, just south of the Hamlet of Strykersville.
A signed detour will direct travelers to use Perry Road and routes 77 and 78 while the roadway is closed. An electronic sign is being placed on Route 20A near East Aurora to advise eastbound traffic to take Route 20A to Route 77.
The repairs will be made as quickly as possible, but are expected to take several weeks. Updates will be provided as work progresses.